Taiwan FM Joseph Wu: China ‘seems to be preparing for a war against Taiwan’ | DW Interview

In an exclusive interview with DW’s Richard Walker and Tsou Tzung-Han, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu strongly criticized China’s recent military activities and stressed Taiwan’s right to protect its territory. “The Chinese military threat is there,” said Wu, who met DW in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. “We’ll continue to beef up our defense capabilities so that we can defend ourselves.”

Richard Walker and Tsou Tzung-Han asked Wu how concerned he is that China could invade Taiwan, how Taiwan is preparing for such a scenario and whether he sees any scope for negotiations.

Chapters:

00:00 Introduction
00:25 What is China trying to achieve?
01:58 War of words between Taiwan and China
02:49 Taiwan Strait and demarcation line
09:10 Nancy Pelosi’s visit
11:48 Assessment of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
15:33 Taiwan’s military spending
19:55 Ambiguity on the US position
25:18 The long-term dream of Independence

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