The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has ended. Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu surmised on Oct. 26 that the Chinese threat to Taiwan will increase but this is also an opportunity for Taiwan to make some new international friends.
The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has ended. During the congress, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said China will never renounce the right to use force to take Taiwan and he also secured a third term. Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Wu told the legislature on Oct. 26 that he is closely following developments and he believes the threat that China poses to Taiwan will grow bigger.
Joseph Wu, Foreign Affairs Minister: “China's attempts to suppress us in the international community probably won't change. If there is any change, then it will only intensify. This is also a pretty good opportunity for us to forge some new international friendships.”
Changes were made to China's top foreign affairs personnel, and Wu believes China's wolf warrior diplomacy will continue and definitely intensify. Will Taiwan's formal diplomatic relations be affected? Wu admitted he is seeing cracks and Taiwan is receiving warning signs from diplomatic allies.
Lo Chih-cheng, Legislator (DPP): “Will our pressure become greater?”
Joseph Wu, Foreign Affairs Minister: “Yes. I'll be frank. We have indeed seen some bits of intelligence that are warning signs, and we are in the midst of earnestly verifying and handling this intelligence. I hope our diplomatic allies won't be influenced by China.”
Vice President William Lai is scheduled to visit diplomatic ally Palau in November. President Tsai Ing-wen has not made any official trips abroad since the start of the pandemic. Wu said the president has no plans to travel abroad this year even though the epidemic situation is improving, but she could travel abroad next year.