The China Post
Date: Jan. 14, 201995
By: Editorial Desk
NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) – It is a measure of the renewed tension over the status of Taiwan that President Tsai Ing-wen, has sought “international support” in response to the blunt message of President Xi Jinping – either to unite with China or “face the force” of Beijing to prevent Taiwan from seeking formal independence.
The beating of the war drum, faint as of now, points to a direly intricate outlook for the island nation and President Tsai’s appeal can be contextualized with the simultaneous directive of the Chinese President to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to be “combat ready”.
The military was urged to make “solid efforts on combat preparedness in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the CPC and the people”. Bereft of specifics, the appeal was clothed with the imperative to “respond quickly and effectively to contingencies”.
On closer reflection, it is the expansionist design that is the thread binding the Presidents of China and Russia, if Crimea and Ukraine are held up as case studies. On her part, Tsai has virtually ruled out “acceding” to Xi’s brand of expansionist geopolitics, one that is manifest from Hong Kong to Taiwan. [FULL STORY]