DW’s TO THE POINT ask: Dangerous territory: Is Taiwan next on China’s list?
Guests: Deutsche Welle colleague Melissa Chan, who presents DW’s News Asia show. She says: “Xi Jinping has gone after China’s Uyghur minority, then Hong Kong, and even its tech billionaires. So, why wouldn’t he go after Taiwan?”
Gudrun Wacker, an Asia expert from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, who believes that: “China’s saber-rattling is a message to Taiwan that the balance of power between the two sides makes unification inevitable and resistance pointless.”
Felix Lee, from the Berlin-based daily the TAZ, or Tageszeitung, spent many years as a correspondent in Beijing. And Felix asks: “Will China go for the military option? That depends on the US and its allies. Certainly, Xi Jinping will not risk a full-blown conflict with the West.”
Taipei says Chinese jets and bombers crossed zone as Beijing marked the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic
A record 38 Chinese military jets crossed into Taiwan’s defence zone as Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China, officials in Taipei have said.
The show of force on China’s national day on Friday near the self-ruled democratic island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory, came in the same week it accused Britain of sending a warship into the Taiwan strait with “evil intentions”.
Taiwan sharply criticised China on Saturday after Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China with the largest ever incursion by the Chinese air force into the island’s air defence zone.