Amid Chinese aggression Taiwan gains global support
10 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad
Since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last month, Taiwan has been receiving backing from around the world as China has upped its military activities near the island nation. Th...
Since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last month, Taiwan has been receiving backing from around the world as China has upped its military activities near the island nation.
The world worries about the severe consequences Taiwan will have to deal with if China moves forward with military action against it given the strong relationship between Russia and China. According to Policy Research Group, this has prompted several nations to endorse Pelosi’s visit.
Due to their opposition to the concept of yet another military operation in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, a number of nations have expressed their support for Taiwan.
The simmering tensions in the Taiwan Strait have alarmed the ASEAN nations. According to Policy Research Group, the ASEAN countries cautioned that the confrontation could have unforeseeable effects and pleaded with Beijing to exercise the greatest amount of prudence during a summit of 27 countries, of which China was a member.
According to the report, China’s foreign minister left the meeting after the ASEAN’s “unexpected” response. Even South Korea, which avoids accusing China explicitly, voiced opposition to any forcible attempts to alter the existing quo.
Additionally, several nations, notably those in eastern Europe, want to cut back on their relations with China.
In response to military threats by China against Taiwan and the developing relationship between Beijing and Moscow, Estonia and Latvia withdrew from the China-led cooperation group. In a statement, the Latvian Foreign Ministry stated that it has “decided to terminate its participation in the cooperation framework of Central and Eastern European Countries and China.”
In an effort to strengthen its ties with democratic Taiwan, Lithuania withdrew from the China-led alliance last year.
While rejecting China’s warnings, other European nations like Slovakia and the Czech Republic are stepping up their ties with Taiwan. China has pushed other European nations to join in their relationship with Taiwan, even as it has called the Czech Republic “despicable” for welcoming the Taiwanese foreign minister.
According to reports, China is rapidly alienating its allies and creating new enemies in the critical Indo-Pacific area. Notably, Australia and Japan have already joined the group of western nations led by the US that opposes China.
Right now, China is not behaving rationally. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership started a furious four-day military exercise in the waters near Taiwan right after Pelosi’s visit. Live firing was used by Chinese officers, which is often a later test of operational readiness. The exercise featured more than 50 warships and 200 Chinese military aircraft.