Former United States President Donald J. Trump predicted that bad things will happen to Taiwan after the calamity of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Trump spoke of the implications for Taiwan in an interview with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, Tuesday, August 17.
“I think bad things will happen in respect to Taiwan because they [China] don’t respect our leadership and they no longer respect our country,” he said. “And that’s a really bad thing. China does not respect us any longer,” Trump said.
Trump said that China’s recognition of the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, combined with the Xi regime’s intent to annex Taiwan does not bode well for Taiwan. The Xi regime now sees Biden and the United States as weak, Trump said.
Noting that Biden was staying with his family at the country retreat, Camp David, while the crisis in Afghanistan was playing out, “I don’t even believe that he is calling the shots,” Trump said of Biden.
Biden briefly returned to Washington to offer remarks about the Afghan situation, Monday, but then returned to the Frederick County compound.
China Demands US Stop Interacting with Taiwan
On the same day Trump made the comments, China’s Foreign Ministry called for the USA to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to “stop interacting with Taiwan” in order to “avoid further damaging China-US relations and ensure stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
China has fought back sturdily against US’ wrongdoings and will safeguard its own sovereignty and self-interests, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, noting that China reserves all necessary countermeasures against anyone who tries to interfere with cross-Straits relations with the few Taiwan secessionists, Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times reported.
“No one should underestimate China’s firm determination, persistent will and strong power of safeguarding its national sovereignty and territorial integrity; and no matter how many arms the US sell to Taiwan, the trend of reunification cannot be deterred, Hua said.”
PLA Live Fire Drills Near Taiwan
As Hua spoke, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was engaged in live-fire drills in multiple locations near Taiwan.
“The PLA Eastern Theater Command on Tuesday dispatched warships, anti-submarine warfare aircraft and fighter jets in surrounding maritime and aerial areas near the southwest and southeast of the island of Taiwan for military exercises including joint live-fire assaults, and also for testing the command troops’ integrated joint operation capabilities, Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson of the command, announced,” said a Global Times report.
The military exercises were “in response to recent collusion and provocations by the US and Taiwan secessionists,” Global Times reported.
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