Beijing : The world must not cede to China's "bullying and arrogance", said a Franco-Syrian political consultant, adding that the only way to deter Beijing from invading Taiwan is to collectively and openly recognise the self-ruled island as an independent country.
In an opinion piece in The American Spectator, Kelly Alkhouli, the Director of International Relations at the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs (CPFA), writes, "Beijing views Taiwan as a breakaway province, and Chinese President Xi Jinping is adamant about being the one to reunite Taiwan with mainland China; he sees it as part of his legacy."
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan, a democracy of almost 24 million people located off the southeastern coast of mainland China, despite the fact that the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades.
China has repeatedly threatened Taiwan with invasion and has adopted an aggressive policy to intimidate the self-governing island.
On June 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to complete reunification with self-ruled Taiwan and vowed to smash any attempts at formal independence for the island.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) leads the world in producing semiconductors, making global supply chains highly dependent on Taiwan.
Noting that if China controls the island, Alkhouli wrote that it would not only provide Beijing with greater control of the South China Sea but also additional leverage on the world economy. Furthermore, if Beijing successfully reclaimed Taiwan, it would represent a symbolic victory against the U.S., thus solidifying a shift in the world order.