China trying to force US’ hand: speaker

‘SEA OF HOPE’: China has scaled back its bellicose rhetoric regarding its claim to the South China Sea and is unlikely to incite hostility, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun said

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 12, 2020
By: Hsieh Chun-lin and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, left, is accompanied by Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan, right, as he speaks to reporters at an event in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

The increased frequency of Chinese military activity near or within Taiwan’s airspace over the past month is an attempt by Beijing to force the US into engaging in dialogue with it, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) said yesterday.

You made the remarks while speaking with reporters ahead of a banquet held by the group Citizen’s Congress Watch.

Although repeated crossings into Taiwan’s airspace have caused public concern, China has made concessions in its territorial claims in the South China Sea, he said.

“Therefore, barring a minor incident that gets out of hand, it seems unlikely that China would incite hostilities during the remainder of the year,” he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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