Taiwan Defense Minister said on Thursday that Taiwan would not start a war with China but would defend itself “full-on” if attacked.
“What is clearest is that the Republic of China absolutely will not start or set off a war, but if there are movements, we will meet the enemy full-on,” Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said.
Chiu also said that the duty of the military was to protect all people of Taiwan against threats to national security and make sure people could live their lives in a free and democratic environment.
Earlier, China’s spokesperson for Taiwan’s Affairs Office of the State Council Ma Xiaoguang, stated that the Chinese military exercises on Wednesday were aimed at separatist activities and “interference by external forces.”
“Bullets don’t discriminate based on what color (political party) you affiliate with once a war breaks out,” Chiu said in response to the statement.
Amid the tension between China and Taiwan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he does “not see any threat,” as China is a huge and powerful economy and, with increased economic potential, it can implement its national objectives.
“China does not need to use force in order to achieve its desired unification with Taiwan,” Putin said.
Meantime, the US Department of Defense reaffirmed its pledge to help Taiwan defend itself against Chinese military coercion.
“Our commitment to Taiwan is rock solid, and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Strait and within the region,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
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