Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday ordered her Army and Security Forces to remain “alert” and “prepared for military activity in the region” amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
“We must continue to strengthen our combat readiness in the Taiwan Strait – an island claimed by China – to guarantee our security,” Tsai said, quoted by the official agency. CNA.
The president condemned “the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty by Russia“, But he asked both parties to resolve the crisis peacefully and assured that the island must remain “alert” and “vigilant” against “any military activity” in the Indo-Pacific region.
He also pointed out that “any attempt by external forces”, alluding to Beijing, to use the situation in Ukraine to “destabilize” the current status quo, must be deactivated.
Tsai added that asked his Executive to keep the island’s financial markets “stable” to prevent the Ukrainian crisis from affecting the Taiwanese economy.
So far, China has avoided explicitly referring to the Kremlin’s announcement to recognize the self-proclaimed breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, limiting itself to commenting that the parties involved must “settle their differences through dialogue and negotiation.”
“There are complex factors in this whole thing. But China’s position has not changed. We believe that the dispute must be resolved peacefully and in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter. We call on the parties to refrain from taking actions that will worsen the situation and avoid further escalation of tensions,” foreign spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday.
In that sense, The official Chinese press indicates this Wednesday that the Asian country is treating the Ukrainian crisis “with prudence” calling for the implementation of the 2015 Minsk Agreements, although he stresses that behind everything “the situation shows that Russia was very dissatisfied with the fact that its security concerns were not answered and that Putin has seen the weakness of the West.”
“Moscow is determined to take steps to get the US and NATO to respond to its security concerns (…). China has strategic ties with Russia, but in this recent situation, as in the Crimea issue, China is staying neutral. GlobalTimes.
According to Chinese experts mentioned by the newspaper, “the Chinese position is more constructive and less harmful than that of the West. The crisis has been caused by multiple factors, including the aggressive expansion of NATO. It would be unfair to simply blame one side.”
“China also has long-standing investment and cooperation with Ukraine. So Beijing is going to remain neutral and uphold its principles related to the territorial integrity of states,” analyst Cui Heng tells the newspaper, while another academic, Li Haidong, emphasizes that “if the US has to lend its attention to Europe, its Indo-Pacific strategy could be relegated to a mere slogan”.
“There are voices that have tried to compare the Ukrainian crisis with the Taiwanese question, but this does not make any sense. Taiwan has never been a sovereign state and anything to do with the island is an internal Chinese matter, not an international one,” the newspaper said.
(With information from EFE)
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