Taiwan is considering a bill that would ban public displays of the communist Chinese flag as part of a set of reforms aimed at asserting Taiwanese sovereignty, including a passport redesign officials said on Tuesday had proven extremely popular. A bill recently proposed by a member of Taiwan’s anti-communist Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — which opposes Chinese influence in Taiwan — would ban “raising, lowering, hanging, displaying, holding or brandishing a political or military flag of a hostile foreign power in public places. Those found guilty would be subject to fines of up to $1,782,” the Diplomat reported on April 24. The bill would target the public display of the five-star People’s Republic of China (PRC) flag in Taiwan and require an amendment to Taiwan’s National Security Act to “criminalize certain actions deemed hostile to the nation,” according to the Diplomat. DPP legislator Wang Ting-yu first proposed the amendment in October 2020 with “support from 28 DPP … [Read more...] about Taiwan Mulls Ban on Chinese Flag amid Campaign to Distance from Beijing
Beijing would find it “deeply destabilizing” if the United States were to explicitly state it would come to Taiwan’s defense in the event of a Chinese invasion, the Biden administration's spy chief said Thursday. “From our perspective, if we were to see a U.S. shift from strategic ambiguity, as you’ve identified it, to clarity over a willingness to intervene in a Taiwan contingency, the Chinese would find this deeply destabilizing,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines Avril Haines Overnight Defense: Biden set for first address to Congress | Court declines to dismiss Amazon challenge on Pentagon cloud contract | Pelosi pushes back on top general's account of Jan. 6 Guard deployment Intelligence director Haines says climate change 'at the center' of national security Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave MORE told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I think it would solidify Chinese perceptions that the U.S. is bent on … [Read more...] about Biden spy chief: China would find change in US policy toward Taiwan ‘deeply destabilizing’
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told Sky News in an interview published Wednesday that China’s military forces “seem to be preparing for their final military assault against Taiwan.” Taiwan is a sovereign state with no political ties to the Communist Party that has never in its history been governed by Beijing. The Party nonetheless regards Taiwan as a rogue province under the occupation of “secessionist” forces and has repeatedly vowed to colonize the island. Wu expressed defiance in the face of a prospective invasion from one of the world’s largest militaries. “This is our country, this is our people and this is our way of life. We will defend ourselves to the very end,” he said. “We are trying to safeguard the status quo that Taiwan is a free and democratic country, that Taiwan is not run by China.” Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, became an independent nation in 1949 when nationalist forces under Chiang Kai-shek evacuated China following their defeat at … [Read more...] about Taiwan Foreign Minister Warns China Is Preparing ‘Final Military Assault’
(CNN) A Chinese man crossed the highly-militarized Taiwan Strait in a small rubber dinghy Saturday in search of "freedom and democracy," Taiwanese police said. According to police captain Shih Chun-hsu, the man, surnamed Zhou, was spotted late Friday evening near the port of Taichung after crossing the roughly 80 kilometer (50 mile) stretch of water from Fujian province, on China's east coast. He made the journey in a rubber dinghy fitted with an outboard motor carrying 90 liters of fuel. Zhou was detained in the early hours of Saturday, and told police he had made a break for the island of Taiwan in search of "freedom and democracy." He is currently in quarantine while police investigate his story and ensure he is not a fugitive from justice. The Taiwan Strait is one of the most militarized strips of water in the world, and is patrolled by both the Chinese and Taiwanese navies. According to a recent US Defense Department assessment , China … [Read more...] about Chinese man dodges two navies to cross Taiwan Strait by rubber dinghy in search of ‘freedom and democracy’
As a Chinese Communist attack on Taiwan seems more plausible, three current or former high-ranking Navy officials recently warned of the danger. Retiring Indo-Pacific Commander Adm. Phil Davidson told the Senate Armed Services Committee last month that China is “developing systems, capabilities and a posture that would indicate that they’re interested in aggression.” Their intention to take Taiwan could “become manifest in the next six years.” Two weeks later, Adm. John Aquilino , Davidson’s successor, testified that Beijing could act against Taiwan even sooner: “My opinion is this problem is much closer to us than most think.” He noted the strategic surprises Beijing has sprung already. “We’ve seen aggressive actions earlier than we anticipated, whether it be on the Indian border or whether it be in Hong Kong or whether it be against the Uyghurs . We’ve seen things that I don’t think we expected, and that’s why I continue to talk about a sense of urgency. We ought to be … [Read more...] about Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan?