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Thursday, May 23, 2024

China has started two days of military drills in the water and airspace around the self-governing island of Taiwan, according to Chinese state media.



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New Taiwanese president calls on China to stop its threats (May 20, 2023)

... Taiwan President Lai Ching-te asked China on Monday to stop its military and political threats, saying in his inauguration speech that peace was the only choice and that Beijing had to respect the choice of the Taiwanese people.

China responded by saying Lai had sent "dangerous signals" that sought to undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Lai, addressing the crowd outside the Japanese-colonial-era presidential office in central Taipei, repeated a call for talks with China, which views the proudly democratic island as its own territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Beijing's control.

"I also want to urge China to stop intimidating Taiwan politically and militarily, and to take on the global responsibility with Taiwan to work hard on maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the region, to ensure the world is without the fear of war breaking out," he said.

"We also want to declare this to the world: Taiwan makes no concessions on democracy and freedom. Peace is the only option and prosperity is our goal for long-term peace and stability."

China's Taiwan Affairs Office said the situation in the Taiwan Strait was "complicated and grim".

"Taiwan independence is incompatible with peace in the Taiwan Strait," it said. "No matter how the situation on the island changes, no matter who is in power, it will not change the fact that the two sides belong to the same China."

China repeatedly called Lai a "separatist" who risked war in the run-up to his election in January. ...

I guess China has given Pres Lai an answer to his speech.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-23 06:27 PM | Reply

It's a freakin' blockade.

#2 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2024-05-23 07:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh hell, invade Taiwan, take on the American military...sooner or later we are going to be engaged in a nuclear exchange that will kill millions, might as well get it going.. Maybe then we can have a UN that will stop the spread of nuclear weapons of mass destruction, perversely enough. .
The rule of law cannot hold sway in international politics because that would mean that sooner or later, an American president would go to jail for doing what w did.
There was a scene in Wargames, when the guy who worked on the software said that it was ok, it would be over in a flash...
As I get older, the more I get that perspective. There clearly is no hope for this world, because we humans just cannot grow up and stop with the violence.

#3 | Posted by Hughmass at 2024-05-24 07:07 AM | Reply

hell, Biden won't do anything, he is bought and paid for by China

#4 | Posted by Maverick at 2024-05-24 11:14 AM | Reply

China is watching how the Republicans let down Ukraine.
They know they will be able to do whatever they want with Taiwan.

#5 | Posted by eightfifteenpm at 2024-05-24 12:09 PM | Reply

hell, Biden won't do anything, he is bought and paid for by China


It's an exercise. Not an attack.

Biden doesn't have to do anything.

What do YOU think he should do? Insult Xi by making up a rude nickname or invite him to the White House for chocolate cake and missiles?

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-05-24 12:22 PM | Reply

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