China threatens war as Taiwan’s politicians unite to seek formal diplomatic ties with US

The Millennial Source
Date: October 9, 2020
By: Shuvait Koul

Source: Tyrone Siu, Reuters

A Chinese anti-submarine reportedly violated Taiwan’s airspace by entering into its air defense identification zone on Tuesday, which Beijing claimed to be a warning to Taipei to refrain from declaring independence.

On Wednesday, October 7, China issued new threats of military action against Taiwan after the island’s principal opposition party, the Kuomintang Party (KMT), called for the reestablishment of diplomatic ties with the United States. 

Beijing’s warning to Taipei came amid US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Asia tour, aimed at garnering support against China. 

“We must no longer hold any more illusions. The only way forward is for the mainland to fully prepare itself for war and to give Taiwan secessionist forces a decisive punishment at any time. As the secessionist forces’ arrogance continues to swell, the historical turning point is getting closer,” wrote Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times, in an editorial on October 6.

Hu also mentioned that the “current status of the island of Taiwan is only a short period in history that will definitely come to an end” and that the initiative of ending this period while “minimizing losses and maximizing gains toward the rise of China” remains with Beijing. 

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