“The philosophy of China is also the expansion of authoritarianism”

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“China's philosophy is also the expansion of authoritarianism”

Taiwan's foreign minister believes China wants to expand its authoritarian model. A warning that he repeated in an exclusive interview with Radio-Canada a few days before the expected meeting between the Russian and Chinese presidents, Vladimir Poutine and Xi Jinping, in Europe.

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu

TAIPEI — For many in America and Europe, Chinese military exercises last month in the Taiwan Strait after a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised fears of an invasion of the island. Taiwanese.

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu considers it a practice to isolate the island and impose a blockade to force reunification with China.

Looking at the areas designated for these exercises, it is clear that Taiwan was almost completely surrounded. The northern and southern areas were located near major ports. It is even said that 18 international sea lanes have been affected.

We understand that China intends to form a blockade against Taiwan when invasion is its policy. We try to ensure that Taiwan still has a connection to the outside world in this case.

If the Chinese exercises were intended to project an image of a superpower ready for anything, the small island of Taiwan is also engaged in an international public relations campaign. Its calls for solidarity are repeated and Taiwan has conducted numerous high-profile military exercises this summer.

Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Wu, received us in his offices.

We understand that international support is crucial. In this perspective, our military exercises and the messages sent to other democracies are important steps to prevent the outbreak of war by China.

Taipei also says it is more worried since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The analogy is too easy to make. An authoritarian power invading territory it considers its own. But beware, China is more powerful and more influential than Russia, argues Minister Joseph Wu. Several countries in Asia and Latin America are ready to turn to the Chinese communist model as an alternative to American domination on the planet. .

“Their philosophy is not only the expansion of Chinese influence, but also the expansion of authoritarianism, he warns, democracies around the world must unite to deal with this situation.

— Joseph Wu

These repeated calls for solidarity seem heard. Visits by foreign delegations were already frequent, but carried out in relative anonymity before Nancy Pelosi's high-profile visit in August. Right now, foreign politicians are coming and going in Taiwan.

The Chinese president will arrive tomorrow in Uzbekistan, to participate in a regional summit, where he will meet President Vladimir Putin. In Taiwan, it is hoped that the recent Russian discomfiture in Ukraine will cool Xi Jinping on a possible invasion of Taiwan. In any case, the island is preparing for the worst. The Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs multiplies the calls to his allies, including Canada. Our correspondent in Asia, Philippe Leblanc, met him.

A Canadian delegation led by MP Judy Sgro plans to go there next month. Prime Minister Trudeau, however, invited elected officials to consider the consequences of such a visit. His reaction has been denounced by some as a form of submission to China. The Taiwanese government is not prepared to see it that way.

Justin Trudeau is concerned about whether Taiwan will bear the consequences of another Chinese aggression in response to this passage here and whether the visit of the parliamentary delegation will really help Taiwan. On the other hand, we also see Canadian parliamentarians who are not discouraged by China. These are positive signals from both sides. We interpret this as gestures of friendship by people who want to support us in a substantial way.

Our correspondent in Asia Philippe Leblanc will be based in Taiwan for the next few months, to help us discover this island of nearly 24 million inhabitants, its society and the challenges that animate it. And also to cover current issues in the entire Asia-Pacific region.

Minister Wu also hopes that business ties with Canada will develop. any further. He believes that collaboration on security issues in Asia is possible.

Last June, Ottawa announced the creation of the Indo-Pacific Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the government. Canada's strategy to counter China's influence in the region may not be ready until next year.

When Europe and other countries talk about strategy to the Indo-Pacific means that they want to develop economic ties, in terms of security and to protect our common democratic values. The world will emerge a winner from Canadian thinking.

Taiwan also hopes that its candidacy for membership in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will be considered soon. The free trade agreement was concluded between Canada and 10 Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan and Australia. China has also applied to join the economic partnership.

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