Taiwan calls for global defence against China 'threat'
Taiwan's foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community Wednesday to help defend his country and region against "expansionist" Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to force.
"We have been trying very hard in the last few years to beef up our own defence capabilities and at the same time we also want to let the international community understand that Taiwan as a democracy has been threatened by China, which is an authoritarian country which is trying to expand its influence," the minister said.
"We feel that like-minded countries or fellow democracies need to pay more attention to this area and come to each other's help so that China's expansionist motivation can be deterred."
The minister said Taiwan appreciated the United States "continuing to show its presence in this region, conducting freedom-of-navigation operations across the Taiwan strait or even the regions close to Taiwan.
"I think this is a show to the Chinese side that its military threat against other peace-loving countries wouldn't have been tolerated."
"After Hong Kong we are very concerned that Taiwan might be the next and therefore we are working very hard to defend ourselves."