søndag 2. januar 2022

China Predicts 'More Intense' Struggle With Taiwan and U.S. in 2022

Chinese official predicted more tensions with Taiwan and "external forces" in 2022, warning Beijing could take "resolute measures" if its hand is forced. Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, told reporters in the year's final press conference on Wednesday that the state of relations across the Taiwan Strait would become "more complex and severe" in the new year.

China claims democratic Taiwan is part of its historical territory, but Taiwan says it is already a functionally independent state, whose citizens have no interest in being governed from Beijing. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was reelected by a wide margin in January 2020 after promising to maintain the current "status quo" instead of acquiescing to Chinese leader Xi Jinping's "one country, two systems" model of nominal semi-autonomy—the same system employed in Hong Kong.