Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaushieh Joseph Wu stressed Taiwan’s importance in global supply chains and called on democratic countries to stand together to deter China’s military aggression.
Wu made the remarks during an interview with Nuala McGovern Oct. 31 in Taipei City for a segment aired on the BBC World Service program Newshour later the same day.
According to the minister, China is ramping up attempts to isolate Taiwan from the international arena and remove its allies. Timely support from democracies around the world is very important, Wu said, adding that the visits by former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her counterparts from the Czech Republic and Lithuania since August 2022 are sincerely welcomed by the government and people.
Despite Beijing’s attempts to interfere with Taiwan’s upcoming elections, its people are committed to safeguarding their democratic way of life, the minister said. Members of the free world need to remain alert and send a clear message that they oppose China’s unilateral attempt to change the cross-strait status quo through force, he added.
Wu said Taiwan is paying close attention to the situation in Ukraine, adding that the people’s determination to defend their homeland is admirable. In addition to working closely with the U.S. and other like-minded partners, Taiwan is inspired by that country’s asymmetrical strategies against Russia, he added.
Standing on the frontline of democracy, Taiwan is the major production hub for advanced semiconductor chips, while 50 percent of global cargo passes through the Taiwan Strait, the minister said. A war in the region would be more economically damaging than that of the Russia-Ukraine war, he said, urging the rest of the world to continue supporting Taiwan. (SFC-E)
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