The Taiwanese Minister of Defense, Chiu Kuo Cheng, said Wednesday that China will have “the capacity to invade Taiwan in earnest in 2025”, and pointed out that the current tense situation is “the most difficult” in 40 years.
The minister said that the Chinese Army would already be able to invade the island now, but that it would have “a high cost” that would already be lower in 2025, thus being possible a “large-scale aggression”, reports the Taiwanese agency CNA.
This is why the Ministry of Defense has allocated 64 percent of its budget this year to defense systems, as well as to develop supersonic missiles in order to be “prepared” and be able to counter Chinese threats.
These statements from Taiwan come after the Taiwanese government has denounced in recent days the presence of 56 Chinese military aircraft over its airspace, a daily record after almost 100 incursions were counted on Monday.
In response, the Taiwanese Forces issued a series of radio warnings and activated the anti-aircraft system to monitor these incursions, according to the Ministry of Defense.
Thus, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen has warned of the “catastrophic consequences” that could result if the island falls completely into China’s hands and has assured that she will defend the territory and its democracy in the face of the growing aggressiveness of the Asian giant.
Similarly, the Taiwanese Premier, Su Tseng Chang, warned of a serious violation of “regional peace” and pointed out that Taiwan must remain vigilant at all times in the face of this type of activity.
This same Tuesday, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has confirmed that he will continue with his Taiwan Relations Act, which allows commercial exchanges with the island.
For its part, the Chinese government has recalled that the United States “must strictly abide by the one-China principle, abide by three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués and deal cautiously with Taiwan-related issues”.
“It is necessary for the United States to stop supporting separatist forces demonstrating in favor of Taiwan independence and to take concrete steps to safeguard peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.