China’s New Pressure on Taiwan in the South China Sea


Felix K. Chang

Author Felix K. Chang is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of DecisionQ, a predictive analytics company, and an assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

In October 2020, Hong Kong’s air traffic control denied a Taiwanese flight access to Pratas Island, a Taiwan-occupied feature in the South China Sea. It was the first time that had ever occurred. The refusal, likely prompted by Beijing, might seem to be just another way for China to put pressure on Taiwan, which it has long regarded as a renegade province. But more broadly, the incident reflects a marked change in not only how China sees Taiwan’s remote outposts, but also how confident China is in its ability to control the air and sea spaces of the South China Sea and its willingness to wield that power as a political tool.

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China threatens retaliation after new US arms sales to Taiwan

Two US-made Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets take-of from the Hualien air force base in Taiwan on January
File photo of two US-made Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

22 Oct 2020 05:44PM

BEIJING: China threatened on Thursday (Oct 22) to retaliate against the latest US arms sale to Taiwan, as the island welcomed the weapons package but said it was not looking to get into an arms race with Beijing.

The Trump administration has ramped up support for Taiwan through arms sales and visits by senior US officials, adding to tensions between Beijing and Washington, already heightened by disagreements over the South China Sea, Hong Kong, human rights and trade.

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China holds military drill as US envoy visits Taiwan

 

  • 18 September 2020
 
A file photo of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army warship Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A file photo taken in 2010 of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army warship

China says it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to “protect its sovereignty” as a top US official visits Taiwan.

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Taiwan says Chinese anti-submarine aircraft off its coast

Beijing regards Taiwan as its territory and has vowed to retake the island
Beijing regards Taiwan as its territory and has vowed to retake the island AFP/Daniel SHIH

17 Sep 2020 09:03AM CNA

TAIPEI: Two Chinese anti-submarine aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Wednesday (Sep 16) and were warned to leave by Taiwan’s air force, the island’s defence ministry said on Thursday, the day a senior US official is due to arrive.

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Đài Loan: Thương hải tang điền

  • SÁNG ÁNH
  • 04.06.2020, 06:31

TTCT – Tình hình Đài Loan đã nóng lên trong những ngày qua từ sau lễ nhậm chức của người đứng đầu chính quyền hòn đảo, bà Thái Anh Văn. Nhưng cần hiểu lịch sử lâu dài của vùng đất phức tạp này mới thấy hết tầm quan trọng của những diễn tiến gần đây.

Ngày 27-2-1947, công an tại Đài Bắc đến nhà bắt giữ và đánh đập một phụ nữ bán thuốc lá lậu. Quần chúng bất mãn bèn phản đối, công an nổ súng và bắn chết một người.

Đài Loan: Thương hải tang điền
Một tác phẩm nghệ thuật mô tả sự biến 228.

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Ahead of Trump trip, China urges US not to allow Taiwan president in

China urged the United States on Friday not to permit Taiwan’s president to travel through U.S. territory en route to the island’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific, a sensitive visit shortly ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to Beijing.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech during the National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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BEIJING/TAIPEI: China urged the United States on Friday not to permit Taiwan’s president to travel through U.S. territory en route to the island’s diplomatic allies in the Pacific, a sensitive visit shortly ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trip to Beijing.

China considers democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province ineligible for state-to-state relations and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. Tiếp tục đọc “Ahead of Trump trip, China urges US not to allow Taiwan president in”

Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn

  • DANH ĐỨC
  • 28.07.2017, 12:27

TTCT– Thứ sáu 21-7 vừa rồi, Jared Dummitt và Eliot Kim, hai nghiên cứu sinh của Trường Luật Harvard, đã đăng một bài trên website luật học lawfareblog.com có tựa đề “khác lạ”: “Chiến tranh vì biển: Hãy quen dần với điều đó trên Biển Đông”.

Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn
Tàu sân bay tự đóng đầu tiên của Trung Quốc (chưa đặt tên) được hạ thủy ngoài khơi thành phố cảng Đại Liên tháng 4-2017.-Ảnh: The New York Times

Hai tác giả bắt đầu bằng câu chuyện: “Tuần này, hải quân và không quân Trung Quốc đã thực hiện các hoạt động mở rộng – trong số đó có một số vụ là chưa từng có trước đó ở trong và xung quanh lãnh hải của Nhật Bản, Đài Loan và Mỹ. Bắc Kinh đã tỏ rõ giọng điệu thách thức khi dấy lên những dấu hỏi về tính thích đáng của các hoạt động này”. Tiếp tục đọc “Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn”

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

 
Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China. AFP/SAM YEH

TAIPEI: Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday (Jun 12), a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China.

Taiwan and Hong Kong are thorns in Beijing’s side — both saw huge anti-China protests in 2014, known respectively as the Sunflower Movement and Umbrella Movement.

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China confirms arrest of Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che

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Beijing says the activist is being investigated on suspicion of ‘pursuing activity harmful to national security’.

Chinese authorities said Lee Ming-che was being investigated on ‘pursuing activities harmful to national security’ [AP]

China has confirmed it is detaining Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che, who went missing last week.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Lee was being investigated on suspicion of “pursuing activities harmful to national security”.

Lee disappeared on March 19 after clearing immigration in Macau. He never showed up for a planned meeting later that day with a friend across the border in China’s city of Zhuhai. Tiếp tục đọc “China confirms arrest of Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che”

Missing Taiwan activist allegedly detained in China

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Lee Ming-che disappeared after clearing immigration in Macau on March 19, but China remains mum about his whereabouts.

Lee Ching-yu, third from the right, holds up a photo of her missing husband Lee Ming-che [AP]

A Taiwanese human rights advocate who went missing last week in China has been arrested by mainland authorities, according to his wife.

Lee Ching-yu, the wife of non-governmental activist Lee Ming-che, said in a statement on Tuesday that reliable government sources suggest her husband has been detained by Chinese security officials.

“I want the government of China to act like a civilised country and tell me what they’re doing with my husband on what legal grounds and … what they plan to do with him,” Lee said.

The Taiwan Association for Human Rights said Lee disappeared after clearing immigration on March 19 in Macau, and never showed up for a planned meeting later that day with a friend across the border in China’s city of Zhuhai.

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On Tuesday, Lee’s wife visited the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), a semi-official organisation handling business matters involving China.

She said her husband might need more money to get “food and hypertension” medicine.

SEF spokeswoman Lee Li-jen said her organisation has twice contacted its counterpart in China, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, but received no response.

“We will contact them later today again, hoping to get more details,” she told AP news agency.

Police and government officials in southern China either could not be reached or said they had no information about Lee. China’s foreign ministry said it was unaware of his case.

‘One China’ dispute

Cheng Hsiu-chuan, president of a Taipei college where Lee worked, told AP the 42-year-old may have attracted the attention of Chinese security after using the Chinese social media service WeChat to “teach” China-Taiwan relations to an unknown number of people.

“For China, the material he was teaching would be seen as sensitive,” Cheng said.

Cheng said Beijing should release public records about his entry, such as CCTV images.

“The Mainland Affairs Council has engaged. We’ll do our best,” Taiwan’s presidential spokesman Alex Huang said late on Tuesday.

In June, China halted communications with Taiwan, a move triggered by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s failure to endorse the “one China” principle, which requires countries that seek diplomatic relations with China to break official relations with Taiwan.

China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949. China insists the two sides must eventually unify – by force if necessary.

Source: News agencies

China warns U.S. over arms sales to Taiwan

 Japan Times

AFP-JIJI Mar 20, 2017

China on Monday reiterated its firm opposition to U.S. arm sales to Taiwan, amid reports that Donald Trump’s administration is preparing a large shipment of advanced weaponry for the self-ruling island.

“China firmly opposes U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, this is consistent and clear-cut,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing. Tiếp tục đọc “China warns U.S. over arms sales to Taiwan”

Taiwan defence report warns of China invasion risk

China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be brought back into its fold, by force if necessary, even though the island has been self-governing since the two sides split after a civil war in 1949.

Beijing is deeply suspicious of president Tsai Ing-wen, whose Democratic Progressive Party is traditionally pro-independence. Tiếp tục đọc “Taiwan defence report warns of China invasion risk”