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Today, a total of 18 Chinese military aircraft entered the Taiwanese Air Defence Identification Zone on Monday. The news comes after the Taiwanese foreign minister warned that his country is preparing for war with China. He has also asked Australia for backup if this eventuality occurs.
Taiwan has encouraged Australia to increase intelligence sharing and security cooperation as Beijing intensifies its campaign of military intimidation.
Over the past months, dozens of aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have flown sorties into Taiwan’s air-space.
Each time Chinese jets infiltrate Taiwan’s air-space the island democracy scrambles its own military jets.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu stated on ABC’s China Tonight programme that Taiwan would be ready to repel any invasion from China.
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Mr Wu said: “The defence of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that.
“I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”
Mr Wu added: “We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included.
“This is so Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation.
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“And so far, our relations with Australia are very good and that is what we appreciate.”
The Taiwanese foreign minister then went on to thank Australia for supporting its bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
He said: “As far as I know, Australia has been one of those most vocal members in supporting Taiwan’s participation in CPTPP.
“We have been discussing with each other privately for quite some time.
“We understand the Australian support and we appreciate the Australian support.”
Mr Wu then went on to welcome the establishment of the AUKUS strategic partnership.
This partnership is between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and includes connections with India and Japan.
Mr Wu said: “We are pleased to see that the like-minded partners of Taiwan the United States and the UK and Australia are working closer with each other to acquire more advanced defence articles so that we can defend Indo-Pacific.
“Australia is a great country, and I’m very glad to see that Australia is going to shoulder more responsibility to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.”
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