China Tones It Down on Taiwan After U.S. Ships Enter Strait

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    China reduced its rhetoric regarding Taiwan this week, stating that it is certain that Taiwan’s self-governing status will be brought under its control, however it will support efforts to make it happen peacefully.

    The remarks followed remarks by Vice President Biden saying that U.S. would stand up for Taiwan in the event that China were to invade . The remarks occurred a day following U.S. and Canadian warships sailing along the Taiwan Strait.

    The comments don’t seem to suggest a shift in policy more of an attempt to ease tensions across multiple fronts during the build-up to a crucial gathering of China’s government Communist Party next month.

    “I would like to reiterate that … we are willing to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and utmost efforts,” Ma Xiaoguang, Taiwan’s official spokesperson on Taiwan spoke when inquired about the growing fear about the possibility that China may employ force.

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    China and Taiwan separated in 1949, during an unrest which led to Taiwan’s Communist Party to power on the mainland. The two rival Nationalists fled to Taiwan and formed their own administration on the island that lies off East China’s coast.

    China began to launch missiles in the water surrounding Taiwanduring major military exercises last month as a reaction to a visit from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).

    Ma in a press conference about the Taiwan issue He did not employ the term “force” in his response like he did previously. Instead, he stated that China will adopt “resolute measures” against any aggressive actions from Taiwan as well as its foreign allies.

    He added that China will introduce new policies to assist Taiwan to highlight the benefits of integrating with China and promote exchanges between people.

    “The motherland must be unified and will certainly be unified,” Ma declared in a statement, calling it “a historical trend that no one can stop.”

    However, Taiwanese who have become comfortable with democratic freedoms they are likely to leave China in a voluntary mannerespecially following China’s crackdown against dissent on the part of Hong Kong, a former British colony that was returned to China in 1997.

    China’s military has, again in the last few weeks, remarked on the passage of an U.S. warship across the Taiwan Strait without calling it provocative, like it did earlier in the year.

    Chinese forces were able to monitor their presence on the USS Higgins, a guided-missile destroyer, and also a Canadian frigate that was which is the HMCS Vancouver, the spokesman Col. Shi Yi said in an announcement. The military will stand up for national sovereignty as well as territorial integrity.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was more open and accused that the U.S. of stirring up tension and joining forces with other nations to apply pressure.

    The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the joint exercise “demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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