Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is sounding the alarm on a looming war between the island nation and Communist China.
Wu says if China were to actually strike, Taiwan would be ready to defend itself.
“The defence of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that,” Wu told ABC’s China Tonight program.
“I’m sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well.”
On Friday, Taiwan reported a record number of Chinese military jets crossing into Taiwan’s defence zone – the latest instance of the Communist nation flexing its military muscle over the democratic state.
In his interview with Australian news outlet ABC, Wu also urged like-minded countries to come to Taiwan’s aid by developing closer ties.
“We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation,” Wu said.
Critics of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have called on Canada to do more to support Taiwan and to stand up to the Chinese regime.
In September, the Trudeau government indicated it would not offer support for Taiwan to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
According to the Globe and Mail, both China and Taiwan simultaneously applied to join the CPTPP. The Trudeau government has decided to not support either country’s efforts.
This was not the first time Trudeau snubbed Taiwan on the international stage.
Reports from earlier this year revealed that the Liberal government tried to prevent Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen from being awarded the Halifax International Security Forum’s 2020 John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service.
Despite the interference attempt, President Tsai was issued the award after public outrage.