TAIPEI – Taiwan will struggle to end if China attacks, its Minister for Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, 7 April, adding that the US has noticed the danger of that happening in China’s growing military pressure, including aircraft carrier exercises, near the island.
Claimed by China The Chinese air force has been reported to be carrying out almost daily forays in Taiwan’s air defence, complainant of Beijing’s recurring military activity over the last several months. On Monday, China said that an aircraft carrier group practiced near the island.“From my limited understanding of American decision makers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of the possibility of China launching an attack against Taiwan,” Joseph Wu told reporters at his ministry.
“We are willing to defend ourselves without any questions and we will fight the war if we need to fight the war. And if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day we will defend ourselves to the very last day.”
Washington has pushed Taipei to modernize its military and become “a porcupine” that is hard for China to attack. Taipei’s main international supplier of support and arms.
Wu said he was committed to improving his military capabilities and spending more on protection.“The defence of Taiwan is our responsibility. We will try every way we can to improve our defence capability.”
Taiwan’s Defense Minister said at a separate event, the first phase of Taiwan’s largest annual war matches, the Han Kuang exercises, would be the eight days of computer-assisted war games in Taiwan this month.
In July there will be a second phase, including live fire drills.“The drills are designed based on the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios on an enemy invasion on Taiwan,” Major General Liu Yu-ping told reporters.
Taiwan’s second phase would involve mobilizing some eight thousand reservists to join live fire, landing drills and hospitals to deal with the flow of heavy casualties.
Asked whether a representative from Washington’s de facto embassy in Taiwan would be sent to the drills, Liu said that the plan was “discussed,” but “will not be implemented.”Taiwan didn’t say where the Chinese carrier group is at present, or whether it is going next to the South China Sea, where an American carrier group now operates.
Deputy Minister of Defense Chang Che-ping spoke in parliament and stated that the moves of Chinese carrier were being closely monitored and that his exercise was routine.