Taiwan is “not Ukraine” and has always been an inseparable part of China, Beijing said in response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s statement calling on the island’s people to increase vigilance against foreign military activities.
Ing-wen’s comments came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cited a threat to Taiwan in a statement about the world consequences if Western countries failed to fulfill their pledges to support Ukrainian independence .
China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has stepped up military activity near the self-governing island over the past two years.
Speaking in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying rejected any connection between the Ukraine and Taiwan issues.
“Taiwan is not Ukraine,” he said. “Taiwan has always been an inseparable part of China. This is an indisputable legal and historical fact.”
The Taiwan issue is one that remains from the civil war, but China’s integrity should never be compromised, Hua said.
The government of the Republic of China fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing the civil war to the Communists, who founded the People’s Republic of China.
The Taiwanese government strongly opposes China’s territorial claims. Tsai said Taiwan is an independent country called the Republic of China, which remains Taiwan’s official name.
All security and military units territory “should increase surveillance and early warning on military developments around the Taiwan Strait,” Tsai told a meeting of the working group on the Ukraine crisis set up by the National Security Council.
Taiwan and Ukraine are fundamentally different in terms of geostrategy, geography and international supply chains, he said.
Taiwan is worried But in the face of foreign forces intending to manipulate the situation in Ukraine and affect the morale of the Taiwanese people, all government units should strengthen the deterrence of cognitive warfare launched by foreign forces and local collaborators, Tsai said.
The statement did not name China , but it is the most significant military threat to Taiwan.
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