103 Chinese People’s Liberation Army aircraft and nine naval ships were counted within 24 hours, Taipei’s Defense Ministry said, warning: “We call on the authorities in Beijing to take responsibility and immediately stop such unilateral, destructive actions.”
But China remains firm: Taiwan is part of Chinese territory, China’s Foreign Office spokeswoman Mao Ning explained again yesterday. China, which is ruled by the Communist Party, has long been flirting with “bringing home” Taiwan, with its approximately 24 million inhabitants. Beijing therefore reacts sensitively when delegations from other countries visit the country or promise support. Most recently, China sanctioned two US defense companies for selling weapons to Taiwan. It was only at the weekend that representatives of China and the USA spoke to each other in several rounds in Malta about the Taiwan issue.
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