Taiwan stated that it will continue to enhance self-defence capabilities while painting relations with like-minded nations like India. The announcement came on Sunday, as the country said it wishes to work with allies to preserve international order and safeguard security across the Taiwan Strait.
This statement also came in the wake of tensions in the Taiwan Strait following the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that set off large-scale military movements from China.
The self-ruled island said that it is entitled to make friends and maintain relationships with countries around the world. It also said China’s deliberate intensification of various forms of military posturing targeted at Taiwan recently has severely disrupted peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
“The government of ROC (Taiwan) wishes to convey sincere gratitude to the executive branches and parliamentarians of over 50 countries-including India-which have called on all sides to exercise restrain, de-escalate tensions, avoid unilateral actions to change status quo, and maintain peace and stability in the region,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
India has been involved as an avid supporter of Taiwan, urging the avoidance of unilateral actions to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait on Friday. India added that global efforts should be made to maintain peace and stability in the region.
Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu said China is “wrecking the status quo” in the Taiwan Strait and slammed Chinese military drills.
Wu said additional foreign delegations are “more than welcome” in Taipei and rebuffed China’s furious reaction to Pelosi’s visit.
“Anyone who wants to come to Taiwan to show their support, they are more than welcome to visit us,” Wu told reporters. He said Taiwan will not be prevented from conducting its own foreign policy.