Taiwan fears China’s authoritarian threat in the Pacific after losing two diplomatic allies

Posted October 08, 2019 13:36:50 Photo: Joseph Wu urged countries including the US to “push back strongly” against China in the Pacific. (AP: Chiang Ying-ying/Mark Schiefelbein) Taiwan has accused China of practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing. Key points: Taiwan’s foreign minister says he doesn’t want the Pacific to turn into another South China Sea Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister is in China for a week-long official visit…

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan – Foreign Policy

China’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea have drawn plenty of attention. But its moves are important not just for Beijing’s ambitions there, but for its wider playbook for wielding power and influence in the Indo-Pacific—and what it might have in store for Taiwan. Beijing has set out expansive territorial claims in its “nine-dash line,” which lays claim to virtually all the South China Sea, and advanced them through an integrated, whole-of-government approach, including the use of aggressive diplomacy and quasimilitary as well as military forces. China has…

Taiwan says China is an ‘authoritarian’ threat in the Pacific

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan said on Monday China was practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing from Taipei. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu attends a news conference announcing Taiwan’s decision to terminate diplomatic ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, in Taipei, Taiwan September 20, 2019. REUTERS/I-Hwa Cheng “We have seen reports that China is interested in reopening this radar station in Kiribati, and building a naval…

An Expert explains what China’s presence in Pacific means for Taiwan

Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September. China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On December 1, 2016, 22 countries had full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, an island nation seen as a breakaway province by its larger neighbor, China. On December 2 that year, President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen had what was thought to be the first…

China is filling a ‘strategic vacuum’ in the Pacific left by the US and its allies, and that’s bad news for Taiwan, Business Insider

caption US sailors in front of US and Chinese flags as the Navy destroyer USS Stethem arrives in Shanghai for an official visit, November 16, 2015. source REUTERS/Xihao Jiang Taiwan, which China considers to be a renegade territory, lost two of its few remaining allies in late September. China has sought to win over Taiwan’s allies, but those countries have their own reasons to embrace Beijing. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. On December 1, 2016, 22 countries had full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, an island nation seen as…

China’s military parade heralds ‘war plan’ for US and Taiwan

TOKYO — Beijing flexed its muscles on Tuesday with one of the country’s biggest-ever military parades to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China. The array of new weaponry showcased in the extravaganza reflects China’s “war plan,” which is aimed at realizing the military annexation of Taiwan by 2049 — the centennial of Communist Party rule — while preventing intervention by the U.S. Drawing particularly strong attention from defense officials worldwide was the Dongfeng-17, or DF-17, China’s new type of medium-range ballistic missile. The…

Taiwan orders markets, schools closed as strong typhoon approaches

YILAN, Taiwan: A typhoon will hit northern Taiwan later on Monday (Sep 30), meteorologists said, shutting financial markets and schools as airlines cancelled dozens of flights amid warnings of floods and high winds on the island. Typhoon Mitag, categorised by Taiwan’s weather bureau as the second-strongest typhoon level, was expected to approach the coast of the northeastern county of Yilan with maximum winds of 162kmh. Advertisement Advertisement It was moving across the ocean in a north-northwesterly direction at 27kmh, weather officials said, and could gain strength as it approaches the…

Taiwan TV commentator calls out Han on oil dr…

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In response to itinerant Kaohsiung mayor and Kuomingtang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) denial of having made a promise to raise money for the city by drilling for oil in the South China Sea, political critic Huang Kuang-chin (黃光芹) cited excerpts from a previous interviews in which Han made such a pledge. During a visit on Monday (Sept. 23) to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus at the city council, DPP Kaohsiung City Councilor Kao Min-lin (高閔琳) asked Han what budget had been…

China Could Conquer Taiwan, But It Would Be In For a Very Tough Fight

Key point: It would be very bloody and not very easy. With President Xi Jinping having consolidated his power at the 19th Party Congress, and the United States increasingly distracted at home, it may seem like a given that China will reestablish its predominance over the Asia-Pacific region. A new study casts doubt on this, however, arguing that Beijing doesn’t have the military power to defeat its neighbors. In fact, it probably can’t even conquer Taiwan. The new study by Michael Beckley, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tufts…