The United States has demanded that China cease its pressure on Taiwan. China’s recent military exercises near the self-governed island were labeled a “stern warning” following the visits of Taiwanese Vice President William Lai to New York and San Francisco.
Taiwan reported that over the past 24 hours, about 25 Chinese air force planes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Straits, including Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets.
In response, the US Department of State spokesperson urged Beijing to engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan instead of exerting military, diplomatic, and economic pressure. The US has remained a significant supporter of Taiwan, offering both weaponry and political support, causing ongoing tensions with China, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province.
China’s recent military drills, which included vessel and plane coordination, were seen as a calibrated move to convey a point without derailing diplomatic efforts between China and the US. As tensions continue to simmer, Taiwan accuses China of attempting to influence its upcoming presidential elections through intimidation tactics.
Vice President William Lai, a leading contender in the forthcoming election, asserted that the decision of who wins the election rests with the people of Taiwan, not China. He criticized China’s interference and emphasized Taiwan’s commitment to democratic values and international engagement. China has long aimed to annex Taiwan, and these tensions are not exclusive to the current ruling government.
In response to China’s actions, Taiwan’s Presidential Office and Foreign Minister condemned China’s attempts to manipulate the election through fear and provocation. As the geopolitical situation remains delicate, the world watches closely, hoping for peaceful resolutions in the Taiwan Strait.