‘Taiwanese beware!’ Fears of war have risen as China sends a determined message to the United States.
CHINA has stirred new war worries by warning Taiwan that “fleeing action” from the United States is a possibility, presumably referring to the departure of American soldiers from Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s capture of Kabul has wreaked havoc in Afghanistan over the last few days, forcing Western nations to evacuate their military and people. Beijing has delivered Taiwan a frightening warning about its pursuit for independence in response to US Vice President Joe Biden’s action.
Professor Li Haidong of the China Foreign Affairs University’s Institute of International Relations warned that if Taiwan fights for its sovereignty, the US will “throw aside” Taiwan.
“The US leaving action is a warning to the Taiwan secessionists, or rather, a forecast,” he told the Global Times.
Mr Li’s statements were repeated by Jin Canrong, associate dean of the Renmin University of China’s School of International Studies.
He predicted that, like Afghanistan, the US will make a “empty pledge” to Taipei.
“Those who have a clear mind should comprehend that Taiwan residents cannot rely on the United States,” Mr Jin told the news site.
“However, given the ideology-driven impact, some observers may regard the situation on the island as distinct from that in Afghanistan, yet there is one thing they have in common: America’s false promise.”
An analyst warned last week that any conflict between China and the United States over Taiwan would “result in enormous and long-lasting upheaval on a global scale.”
Taiwan is considered a province of China, despite the fact that it is widely regarded as an independent state with its own constitution and freely elected officials.
“It would restructure international relations, lead to an ugly takeover of Taiwan, and render China a pariah state,” Dr Jonathan Sullivan, a China specialist and political scientist at the University of Nottingham, told This website.