Taiwan's Foreign Minister Calls for Continued Global Support: Stand With Ukraine to Protect Global Democracy

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.13 - 2024 12:00 PM CET

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu calls for global unity against the authoritarian alliances threatening Ukraine and beyond.

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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has issued a stark warning and a call to action to the international community, emphasizing the need for ongoing support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.

Wu's argument extends beyond Europe, linking the security of both Europe and Asia to the West's stance against authoritarian regimes, particularly Russia and China.

Minister Wu articulates a critical shift in global dynamics, suggesting that the post-Cold War vision of peace, which hoped for Moscow and Beijing to become responsible international players, needs reassessment.

He describes the present global situation as a "contested peace," marred by the authoritarian aggression exemplified by the "boundless partnership" between China and Russia. This alliance supports their respective repressive and expansionist agendas, posing a significant threat to global stability.

Balancing Support for Ukraine and Countering China

The Taiwanese diplomat highlighted concerns among some policymakers who argue that international support for Ukraine might distract from efforts to counter China's aggressive postures towards Taiwan and other democracies.

However, Wu refutes this by pointing out the dangerous implications of ignoring either front. He underscored that China has been increasingly supporting Russia militarily since the latter half of 2023, except in lethal weapons—a notable pivot from Beijing's initially more neutral stance.

Wu's message is clear and urgent:

"We cannot allow a world order to emerge in the 21st century where authoritarian regimes can uproot justice and freedom." He draws a parallel between the fates of Taiwan and Ukraine, suggesting that their future will be a critical test for democratic nations worldwide.

Adding to the urgency, Wu's remarks come against the backdrop of China's continued expansion of its military and nuclear capabilities, reminiscent of the prelude to major conflicts.

Observers believe that Beijing remains committed to its ambitions towards Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province, and is prepared for potential military aggression in the near future.

Previously, Chinese President Xi Jinping has referred to the "reunification" with Taiwan as a "historical necessity," further heightening tensions and international concerns about the region's stability and the broader implications for global democratic values.

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