- Title: Taiwan warns of China's military build-up in Pacific
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: TAIPEI, TAIWAN (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** TAIWAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSEPH WU, U.S. SENIOR OFFICIAL FOR APEC, SANDRA OUDKIRK, AND DIRECTOR OF THE TAIPEI OFFICE OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE, BRENT CHRISTENSEN WALKING IN MC SPEAKING OVER MICROPHONE WU SPEAKING BEHIND PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) TAIWAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSEPH WU, SAYING: "From the long-term strategic perspective, like-minded friends and partners should really be worried whether the Pacific will remain free and open and whether the key actors follow the rules-based international order. Developments in the South China Sea in the last decade or so serve as a very good lesson for all of us. We did not say or do much when China started building tiny rocks into islands. We also saw runways, radars and other military facilities put on those man-made islands." SPEECH IN PROGRESS MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) TAIWAN FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSEPH WU, SAYING: "We then took the words of Xi Jinping, when he promised the U.S. that China had no intention to militarise the South China Sea. It seems to me, unfortunately, that it is already too late for us to change the fait accompli in the South China Sea and that China is there to stay, no matter how frequent the FONOPs (Freedom of Navigation Operations) are. I certainly don't want to see the Pacific turn into another South China Sea, with us one day all sighing that it is too late for us to do anything." WU FINISHING SPEECH AND BOWING REPORTER TAKING PHOTO WITH SMART PHONE VARIOUS OF WU, OUDKIRK, CHRISTENSEN AND OFFICIALS POSING FOR PICTURES VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS BUILDING
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 08:04
- Keywords: Taiwan China cross strait military navy buildup Pacific U.S.
- Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- City: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Defence,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03J4G7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Countries in the Pacific were facing Chinese "authoritarian expansionism", Taiwan's foreign minister said on Monday (October 7), warning that China is aiming to boost its military presence in the region amid rising tension across the strait.
Beijing, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own and views it as a wayward province with no right to formal ties with any country, snatched two diplomatic allies in the Pacific from Taipei last month.
In a forum on cooperation among countries in the Pacific, home to some of Taiwan's few remaining diplomatic allies, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the region was challenged by China's "authoritarian expansionism," citing the recent diplomatic losses to Beijing including the switch of ties from Kiribati and Solomon Islands.
Wu urged countries including the United States to "push back strongly" against China's moves to diminish Taiwan's presence in the Pacific.
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