TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China has consistently tried to suppress Taiwan, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said Sunday (June 26) in an interview with Indonesia’s Tempo Media Group.
Speaking to Tempo Editorial Director Mr. Reza Maulana and Senior Economics Editor Efri Ucok Ritonga, Wu said China has frequently sent fighter jets and warships around Taiwan and smothered Taiwan in the scene. international. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s recent remarks that the Taiwan Strait is not part of international waters are provocative, threatening and creating regional instability, he said.
Wu pointed out that China’s “wolf warrior diplomacy” is aimed at realizing China’s ambitions for regional hegemony, including expanding a naval base in Ream, Cambodia, and signing a peace agreement. security with the Solomon Islands. These actions have drawn the attention of the international community, he said.
Wu pointed out that China has never governed Taiwan, which has a democratically elected government and issues its own currency. Maintaining the status quo has been Taiwan’s constant policy, he said, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.
The foreign minister said Taiwan understands that showing weakness will lead to aggression, which is why it has actively strengthened its national defense, developed asymmetric warfare capabilities and strengthened its national mobilization infrastructure, in response to the Chinese military threat. At the same time, Taiwan is seeking support from like-minded countries, and the international community has shown unprecedented support, he said.
Taiwan is striving to contribute to the international community, fully demonstrating that it is a force for good in the world, Wu said. our existence, our sovereignty and our democratic and free way of life,” he added.
Regarding the development of bilateral relations between Taiwan and Indonesia, Wu said Indonesia has always advocated an independent foreign policy and is committed to maintaining the centrality of ASEAN. Taiwan respects Indonesia’s foreign policy and hopes to deepen cooperation with Indonesia on issues such as trade and investment, medical services and agriculture, he said.
The foreign minister said Taiwan has implemented a “new southbound policy” since 2016 to deepen exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and Indonesia. The large number of Indonesian migrant workers and students in Taiwan has also become an important bridge for bilateral exchanges between the two peoples, he said, adding that Taiwan will continue to push for closer ties with the country of the archipelago.