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‘We will defend democracy’: Taiwan rejects reunification with China

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Taiwan rejects reunification with China

The People’s Republic of China recently reiterated its desire for “peaceful” reunification with Taiwan. Cancellation follows from the island. Taiwan President Tsai stresses that one will not succumb to pressure. But the military threats from the big neighbor are becoming more and more apparent.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen rejected Beijing’s call for “reunification.” “No one can force Taiwan to follow the path China has planned for us,” Tsai said in a National Day speech. Taiwan hopes to improve relations with mainland China. “But there should be no illusions whatsoever that the Taiwanese people will succumb to pressure,” he added. Taiwan is “at the forefront of defending democracy”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had earlier reiterated China’s demand for a “peaceful” reunification with Taiwan. “The complete reunification of our country will and can be achieved,” he said on Saturday.

Xi, who also warned against foreign interference, said Taiwan independence is “the biggest obstacle to the reunification of the motherland and a grave hidden danger.”

Tsai renewed her willingness to speak and urged Beijing to engage in dialogue “on the basis of equality.” At the same time, it warned its citizens of the global political consequences of changing the status quo in the relationship between Beijing and Taipei. “Every step we take will affect the future direction of our world, and on the contrary, the future direction of our world will affect Taiwan’s future.”

Tensions have been rising for years

Military tensions between Beijing and Taipei have been rising for years. Beijing considers Taiwan, which seceded from China in 1949 after the victory of the Communists, a breakaway province that must be reunited with the mainland – if necessary by military force. However, Taiwan has never been part of the People’s Republic of China.

Incidents of Chinese combat aircraft entering Taiwan’s air defense field have increased in recent months. In the days following China’s October 1 National Day alone, there have been 150 such combat flight missions. Recently, three Chinese aircraft, including two fighter jets, stormed Taiwan’s air defense field, according to the Taipei Defense Ministry.

Since Tsai, who is much more critical of China than her predecessor, was elected president of Taiwan five years ago, China has also increased economic and diplomatic pressure on the island. All official communication channels that existed until then were closed. Tsai describes Taiwan as a “really independent country” and not part of “China”. However, no steps have yet been taken to formally declare independence. Beijing has long warned that this is a “red line” that could lead to an invasion.

Taiwanese wollen status quo

Polls show that the majority of the island’s population does not want to be ruled by Beijing. Most Taiwanese support maintaining the status quo. However, more nationalist attitudes are on the rise, especially among young people. Many fear that Taiwan will face the same fate as Hong Kong if Chinese influence increases.

Hong Chen Lun, who watched the National Day celebrations on Sunday with his two children, said of China’s call for reunification, “As a Taiwanese, I don’t think we can accept that. Just look at what happened in Hong Kong.”

Audience member Zhan Yunqing said that many of his compatriots felt powerless. “Reunification at this time is not appropriate. But we are not in a position to declare independence because the international community will not recognize us. It is useless.”

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‘It was a spacecraft’ – China denies hypersonic missile report

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‘It was a spacecraft’ – China denies hypersonic missile report

China, Russia and the United States are preparing for hypersonic missiles

China, Russia and the United States are preparing for hypersonic missiles. This is also used in space travel

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In August, Beijing was said to have tested a hypersonic nuclear missile. Now China has denied the report: it was just a matter of routine spacecraft tests. Meanwhile, a US lawmaker warned of the outbreak of a new Cold War.

NSHina denied a media report that the People’s Republic of China had tested a hypersonic missile suitable for nuclear weapons. “It was a spacecraft, not a missile,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. They were routine tests to test technology for reusing the spacecraft. It happened in July.

A representative of the US Congress interpreted the report on China’s test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile as a wake-up call. “This test should be a call to action,” Republican Mike Gallagher said Sunday (local time). “If we stick to our current inactive trajectory, (…) we will lose the new Cold War with communist China within this decade.”

Undermining US missile defense and threatening nuclear strikes

As reported by the Financial Times on Saturday, citing five anonymous sources, Beijing is said to have tested a hypersonic missile capable of producing nuclear weapons in August. It circled the globe once in a low orbit before missing its target by about 15 km. According to the report, the test should show that the Chinese military is already more advanced in its hypersonic weapons program than previously assumed by US intelligence agencies. Hypersonic weapons are particularly difficult to intercept because they can reach more than five times the speed of sound.

According to Gallagher, China is increasingly able to undermine the US missile defense system and even threaten it with nuclear strikes. The Republican represents the US state of Wisconsin in the House of Representatives, and is a member of an important committee on the US armed forces.

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Both the United States and Russia are currently working on hypersonic missiles. North Korea also said it tested a hypersonic missile in September. The Chinese Defense Ministry in Beijing initially did not comment on the media report.

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Police union calls for border controls with Poland

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Due to the large number of illegal entries from Poland, unionists from the Federal Police have called for control measures according to a press report. There is a risk of another crash like in 2015.

The head of the Federal Police Union, Heinz Tegert, urges the introduction of temporary border controls in Poland. Tigert justified this in a letter to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) with, among other things, a large number of unauthorized entries at the German-Polish border and health risks to federal police personnel, Bild reported.

“For several months, the number of arrests increased almost explosively,” the newspaper quoted the letter as saying. Only with the introduction of temporary border controls can the federal government prevent a “collapse” at the border as it did in 2015.

Health risks for officials

Tiggert continued: “Our colleagues are also exposed to significant health risks, as the infection with the Covid virus is still very high, especially in the countries of origin of migrants (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.) that the authorities registered very rarely.” Hygiene regulations, as usual in Germany and Europe, of course will not be adhered to in the “smuggling process”.

Governments in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland accuse Belarus’s governor, Alexander Lukashenko, of moving refugees from crisis regions to the EU’s external borders in an orderly fashion. Lukashenko announced at the end of May that Minsk would not prevent migrants from continuing to travel to the European Union – in response to tough Western sanctions against his country. Since then, reports of attempts to cross the border illegally at the EU’s external border with Belarus and at the German-Polish border have increased.

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Buttigieg responds to criticism: US gay minister defends parental leave

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Gay US minister defends parental leave

In the US, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg caused an uproar because he took parental leave. Hatred comes from the political opponent, and now the Democrat responds and defends his decision – with a small tip against a prominent critic.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the US Democratic star, has defended his paternity leave. Buttigieg told CNN he wouldn’t apologize to anyone for looking after his twins. Chasten, 39, and his husband adopted newborn twins this summer. Buttigieg said he is proud to take parental leave. He is the first gay federal minister in the United States.

Right-wing populist TV presenter Tucker Carlson mocked Buttigieg on his Fox News show last week. He’s trying to figure out how to breastfeed, he scoffed. “As you can imagine, we bottle-feed our kids — any time of the day or night,” Buttigieg said. It is “a joyful, satisfying, wonderful act” and everyone in the United States should have the opportunity to do so after having a child. The United States has no legal regulation of paid parental leave – only a few states have legal entitlements.

Buttigieg had previously reacted to Carlson’s statement and noted that it was strange that criticism had come from a party that always presented itself as a family friend. Buttigieg took parental leave in mid-August. Critics have complained that the US is currently struggling with major delivery bottlenecks – an issue that also falls within Buttigieg’s portfolio. He emphasized that he is always accessible while on parental leave.

Until the end of 2019, Buttigieg was mayor of a city of 100,000 residents in the US state of Indiana. Then Buttigieg caused a sensation as a presidential candidate for the US Democrats. But he quickly fell behind in the primaries and eventually gave up his candidacy. Since then, he has supported the election winner, Joe Biden. Ultimately, President Biden appointed Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation.

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