- Aug 15, 2017
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China's escalating military intimidation of Taiwan shows the self-governed island "needs to prepare" for a possible military conflict, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in an exclusive interview with CNN.
As Taiwan decision makers, we cannot take any chances, we have to be prepared," Wu told CNN in Taipei on Wednesday. "When the Chinese government is saying they would not renounce the use of force, and they conduct military exercises around Taiwan, we would rather believe that it is real."
Wu, who has served as minister of foreign affairs since 2018, was accused by Beijing in May of being a "diehard separatist" after remarks he made during a news conference that Taiwan would fight "to the very last day" if attacked by China.
"Stopping 'Taiwan independence' is the necessary condition for maintaining peaceful cross-strait relations," said Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office. "Joseph Wu has repeatedly and arrogantly provoked 'Taiwan independence' ... we will take all necessary measures to severely punish such 'Taiwan independence' diehards for life in accordance with the law."
In response, Wu told CNN he is "honored" to be targeted by Communist authorities in Beijing. "Authoritarianism cannot tolerate truth. If they continue to say that they want to pursue me for the rest of my life, I'm not really concerned about that," he said.
Will anyone help Taiwan remain independent of the fucking commies?