Chinese propagandist Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-run Global Times, claimed that China would take military action if the United States allowed Taiwan to change the name of its representative office in the U.S. from “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” to “Taiwan Representative Office.”
“Media widely reporting that the U.S. is evaluating whether it should respond to Taiwan’s request and change the name of its representative office in the U.S. from ‘Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office’ to ‘Taiwan Representative Office,’” Hu began.
“This is obviously to test the attitude of the Chinese mainland. I think this test is unnecessary,” Hu continued. “As soon as the U.S. and Taiwan do so, it will undoubtedly trigger an unprecedented response from Beijing. At the very least, Beijing will recall its ambassador to the U.S. as it did in Lithuania for the same reason. And that is merely the diplomatic retaliatory measures.”
“Beijing will definitely take economic and military actions against the arrogance of the U.S. and Taiwan,” Hu added. “At this point, it is foreseeable that the mainland fighter jets will fly over the island of Taiwan. The mainland has been planning it for a long time. I’d like to point out that the U.S. and Taiwan have continued to increase the mainland’s cost of maintaining peace in the Taiwan Straits. More than half of China’s diplomatic troubles have to do with the Taiwan question. Calls for a thorough solution to the Taiwan question through force are consistently increasing in the mainland. The Taiwan question is getting very close to the tipping point.”
Chinese Journalist Hu Xijin: If U.S. Changes the Name of Its Representative Office in Taiwan, China Will Recall Its Ambassador, Take Economic, Military Action #China #Taiwan pic.twitter.com/iHVVGznOZQ
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Hu’s comments come weeks after China sent over 150 military planes into Taiwanese air space.
“The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that,” Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told ABC Australia in response to China’s aggression. “If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment. I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”
Shortly after, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen warned that the country would be strengthening its military to be able to protect Taiwan’s sovereignty against Communist China.
Tsai said, “We hope for an easing of cross-strait relations and will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure. We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us. This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”