TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan shouldn’t be in search of to get into an arms race with China however does have to defend itself and won’t undergo stress, its defence ministry mentioned in a report back to parliament on Wednesday.
Tensions between Taiwan and China, which claims the democratically-governed island as its personal territory, have spiked over the previous yr as Beijing ups its navy and political stress to power Taipei to simply accept Chinese sovereignty.
That has included repeated missions by Chinese warplanes in Taiwan’s air defence identification zone, or ADIZ, which covers a broader space than Taiwan’s territorial air house which Taiwan screens and patrols as a way to give it extra time to answer any threats.
China is within the midst of a navy modernisation programme, constructing new plane carriers and stealth fighters, whereas Taiwan can be rising navy spending, particularly on growing new missiles and submarines.
In its report back to parliament, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry described the scenario within the Taiwan Strait that separates it from its large neighbour as “extreme and unstable” and labelled the actions of China’s navy “provocation”.
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“Taiwan is not going to have interaction in an arms race with the Chinese Communists’ navy and won’t search navy confrontation, hoping for peaceable coexistence throughout the strait,” it mentioned.
“But within the face of the Chinese Communists’ risk to our nationwide safety, we’ll do our greatest to defend our nation’s sovereignty and can by no means give in underneath duress.”
Speaking earlier on Wednesday in Beijing, a Chinese authorities spokesman reiterated their dedication to stop Taiwan’s formal independence and produce the island underneath China’s rule, ideally peacefully.
But Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, added: “We don’t promise to resign using power and reserve the choice to take all crucial measures”.
Democratically-ruled Taiwan says it’s an impartial nation and can defend itself if attacked.
The tensions have sparked worldwide concern of a battle that might pit the United States and its allies towards China.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee; Additional reporting by Beijing newsroom, Editing by William Maclean)
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