Indians scramble to enter China; they rent planes at exorbitant prices. A white paper on the “Taiwan question” has been published by Beijing. Bangladesh’s foreign minister has warned against Chinese support for the Belt and Road Initiative.
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The Taiwan issue and China’s reunification in the new era is the title of a brand new white paper released Wednesday by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in Beijing. What’s so special about publishing a white paper, too? In the most recent, Reuters noticed an interesting absence.
The 1993 and 2000 Taiwan white papers included the complaint that Beijing “would not kill dogs or executives to be grounded in Taiwan”, but it appears to have been deleted from the last white paper published before this week. Even if the rejection is notable, it does not necessarily mean that Beijing will make a significant excursion to Taiwan anytime soon.
Indeed, in the latest white paper, the use of the military option remains a “last resort”. In the most recent white paper emphasizing peaceful steps towards reunification with Taiwan, it is stated that “non-peaceful tactics will be adopted as the last option, the final will.” In that of Beijing calculations, Taiwan’s difficulty in announcing its independence, which is its long-standing practice, will be the casus belli of military warfare.
Although Beijing’s language in Taiwan is substantial, recent joint military exercises have cast doubt on Shanghai’s pledge to refrain from military action. Last week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) staged possible scenarios of an irruption in Taiwan; the most important thing to remember is that, in the most extreme cases, Taiwan and the United States can successfully defend the islet. This differs from many people’s understanding, according to Mark Cancian, a senior CSIS adviser.
The United States stepped into the war game to cover Taiwan, leading to Taipei successfully repelling an eruption. The results of the CSIS war game exercise show that Beijing was only able to conquer a third of Taiwan despite using all of its peak service capabilities.
The conclusion of the collaborative military operations in the Taiwan region was declared Wednesday by Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command. Still, continuing military training will likely continue.
Shi said the theater colors will “keep a close eye on changes in the situation in the Taiwan Strait, continue to conduct military and medical training, regularly hold combat readiness details in the Taiwan Strait, and intensively defend public sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
Although the Eastern Theater Command has declared an end to military drills, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported seeing 13 non-military People’s Liberation Army ships and 39 PLA aircraft circle Taiwan on Thursday. China’s new military capabilities, according to Oriana Skylar Mastro, a researcher at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, are superior to those of the United States in several respects. The quality and size of Chinese fortified forces are now comparable to those of the United States.
It has the largest range in the world and the maturity of its platforms is contemporary (using the latest technology for the relevant field). According to Mastro in The Economist, Chinese military capabilities once exceeded those of the United States in several disciplines.
These disciplines include shipbuilding, land-based conventional ballistic and travel dumdums, and integrated air defense systems. In the meantime, despite the troubles posed by China, life in Taiwan seems impeccably innocent. Taiwanese diplomats struggle to present their views. “Well, you know, China has been a problem for us for a long time.”
And we must not let the pitfalls of their patients limit our ambition to create global comfort. You don’t claim not to attend an academy if your child is exhausted in an academy. Bi-Khim Hsiao, Taiwan’s minister to the United States, advised trying to find a strategy to deal with the bully. For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, China has allowed some foreign citizens with national ties to the Chinese mainland to leave the country.
Yet a group of Indian businessmen had jumped through all the loops to visit China. To circumvent the problem of having too many precious flight days, the group chartered China Southern Airlines flight CZ5256 from Delhi to Hangzhou, according to the China Daily. Travelers to China have faced difficulties due to outrageous airfare costs, flight inactivity and cancellations that can last for weeks. The city of Yiwu in the stronghold of Zhejiang nicknamed the “world capital of small goods”, will welcome the arrival of 107 Indian businessmen.
The news has indeed been trending on the Chinese social networking site Weibo. Weibo drug stores followed trending content. “The country’s first trade push from India to China is taking off.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Civil Aviation Administration, Zhejiang Provincial Department of Commerce and Yiwu Municipal Bureau of Commerce have all supported the businessmen’s travel plans. The story demonstrates the close ties that exist between the trading communities of China and India at the sub-national level.
For 2021-2022, the trade imbalance between China and India has increased from $44 billion to $74 billion. Meanwhile, travel restrictions have prevented more than 4,000 Indian scholars enrolled in medical programs in China from returning. The number of COVID-19 cases has increased in the capital, Lhasa, and the largest alternative megacity, Shigatse, as tourism in Tibet has resumed. After 18 positive cases were linked, the city of Lhasa launched a megacity-wide testing program.
COVID-19 has forced the closure of several entertainment venues, religious institutions and tourist destinations, including the Potala Palace. However, it seems that trips to and from Shigatse and Lhasa are going smoothly. Due to Sri Lanka’s catastrophic financial collapse, all eyes have turned to neighboring South Asian countries, especially Bangladesh.
On Monday, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Dhaka. Wang Yi said during his visit that China is willing to improve the alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative with Bangladesh’s Vision 2041, share development strategies and advanced technologies, and consolidate cooperation in structure, digital frugality, green development and clean energy.
Yet not all aspects of China-Bangladesh relations are excellent. China is criticized by everyone. China will not protest. According to Bangladesh’s finance minister, Mustafa Kamal, “everyone would be allowed to subscribe to this design anyway from the script that is set overseas.” Meanwhile, The Guardian reported on Thursday without citing any source rumors about Xi Jinping’s likely trip to Saudi Arabia.
Yet in response to the story of Xi’s trip to Saudi Arabia, China’s foreign ministry told Reuters it had “no information to offer at this time”. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has not denied that a visit is being considered, so a visit may be in the works. However, it will be his first overseas excursion since 2020 if Xi travels to Saudi Arabia. Xi last traveled outside China in January 2020, when he paid a state visit to Myanmar.
Edited by Prakriti Arora