China’s Envoy to the United States Has Issued a Warning About a Possible Military Clash Over Taiwan. Latest Update!
In an unusually direct allusion to the possibility of war, China’s ambassador to the United States suggested the two nations may face a “military clash” over the future of Taiwan.
“The Taiwan problem is the most flammable issue between China and the United States,” Qin Gang told National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States on Friday.
“If the Taiwanese authorities, encouraged by the United States, continue down the road to independence, the military war will very certainly involve China and the United States, the two largest countries.”
Tensions about the island’s international status continue to rise. Taiwan is considered a Chinese breakaway province by Beijing.
Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, told Joe Biden in November that supporting Taiwanese independence from the United States would be “playing with fire,” and that “those who play with fire would get burnt.”
In recent years, Beijing has increased its pressure on the democratically run island. Xi pledged in October to achieve “reunification” with Taiwan through peaceful means.
China’s air force, on the other hand, flew 39 aeroplanes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Sunday, the most in a single day since October.
In recent months, the US and several of its allies have lobbied for Taiwan’s “meaningful involvement in the UN system,” a move that has enraged China. The foreign affairs committee of the UK parliament is allegedly planning a trip to Taiwan next month.
The current condition of things, according to Qin, is due to the Taiwanese administration. He accused it of “seek[ing] its independence agenda by borrowing the United States’ assistance and encouragement.”
“And the US is playing the Taiwan card to limit China,” he continued.
Although Qin’s warning to Washington is unique, analysts note he also stated in the NPR interview that the bilateral relationships are China’s “most important partnership.”
“A lasting breach in the bilateral relationship would be risked by such a conflict,” Ali Wyne, a senior analyst on US-China relations at Eurasia Group in Washington, said.
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“While China frequently declares that its ‘great rejuvenation’ is contingent on Taiwan’s reunification with the mainland, there are probably few other actions Beijing could do that would be as damaging to its long-term strategic prospects as invading Taipei.”