By: Jianli Yang – April 6, 2021
There have been some developments in the past that may have led to negative sentiments against China. The failure to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, and human rights violations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet are some of the issues that have become matters of concern. Now there is one more.
China is now contemplating annexing Taiwan using military means. This would mean the world is going to see armed conflict that may translate into a big war involving major countries owing to ongoing political maneuvers in the Indo-Pacific region. Not just governments but average citizens around the world are expressing concerns over Chinese action. Moreover, most countries would not be in favor of a military clash when the world is still struggling to recuperate from the heavy blows struck by coronavirus pandemic.
Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to “step up preparations for war,” which indicates Beijing is planning to wage a war against Taiwan to annex it with the mainland. Chinese scholar Wu Qiang said Mr. Xi is set to make “a definitive move” to occupy Taiwan forcefully in five years’ time.[Continue Reading]