China’s military actions aim to impact Taiwan 2020 election: ex-AIT head

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/06/05
By: Joseph Yeh

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) China’s military actions over the years are being carried out for

Former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Richard Bush (standing) at a forum in Taipei Wednesday that was also attended by former President Annette Lu (right).

political purposes in an attempt to influence Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election in 2020, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Richard Bush said Wednesday.

Asked to comment on Taiwan’s defensive needs, Bush, who is now a senior fellow at the Washington-based Brookings Institution, said the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) recent movement around the Taiwan Strait is a form of political warfare.

“It’s a display of force. It’s not the use of force. It’s designed to have a political impact on the competition within Taiwan over who will hold power starting May 20, 2020,” he said.

Bush said such actions, however, are dangerous, as they could lead to miscommunication.

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