Taiwan Feels the Threat of Chinese Aircraft Carrier’s Drill around ItPosted: January 4, 2017
China has been unhappy since the pro-independence Tsai Ing-wen was elected Taiwan president and Tsai’s refusal to accept the one-China 1992 Consensus.
It has been bringing political, economic and military pressure on Taiwan.
US President-elect Trump helped China to aggravate the tension China wants with his telephone talks with Tsai. China now has better excuse to threaten Taiwan with its military force.
First, Chinese warplanes cruised around Taiwan and then China’s only aircraft carrier battle group sails around Taiwan.
Reuters says in its report “China says aircraft carrier testing weapons in South China Sea drills”, “Taiwan’s defence minister warned at the time that ‘the threat of our enemies is growing day by day’”.
Worried, Taiwan media have speculated that the carrier could sail north up the median line of the Taiwan Strait to threaten Taiwan on its way to its home port of Qingdao.
Taking Taiwan by force will give rise to aftermath difficult to deal with but economic pressure and creation of tension will cause grave difficulties to Taiwan economy and enable the pro-Beijing KMT to come to power in Taiwan in the next presidential election.
That is China’s wise strategy. Trump is helping China with his telephone talk and other moves that encourage Taiwan independence.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-carrier-taiwan-idUSKBN14O0ZX.