Taiwan warned on Wednesday that it would use its right to counterattack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory. The warning comes at a time when tensions are rising around Taiwan, which Communist China considers an inalienable part of its territory, Reuters wrote.
Beijing threatens Taiwan with military intervention if it declares independence. Beijing has long warned other countries not to deal with Taiwanese officials and not give the impression that they recognize the island’s independence.
In early August, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island nation, after which China held large-scale military exercises in the area.
Taiwan’s defense officials said on Wednesday that “increased intensity” of Chinese military patrols near Taiwan continues and Chinese efforts to turn the Taiwan Strait separating China from the democratic island into a “Chinese marginal sea” are becoming the biggest source of instability in the region.
American visits embitter China
Taiwan proposed a double-digit increase in defense spending this month, which includes funds for new fighter jets. Taiwan’s armed forces are well equipped, but compared to the Chinese forces, their numbers are very low.
On Tuesday, the governor of the American state of Arizona, Doug Ducey, arrived in Taiwan. According to the AP agency, this is the last of the visits by American politicians that embittered China.
Republican Ducey will meet, for example, with Taiwanese President Tsai Jing-wen, but his three-day visit is primarily intended to attract suppliers to the semiconductor factory being built in Arizona by the Taiwanese company TSMC, the world’s largest chip manufacturer. The factory, which is being built at a cost of 12 billion dollars (roughly 294 billion crowns), is to start production in 2024.