TAIPEI (The China Post) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen believes that the U.S. would intervene in an eventual conflict across the Taiwan Strait.
“We will withstand the first wave of the strikes by ourselves, and we hope that the rest of the whole world would stand up together to exert strong pressure against China soon after that,” she told CNN in an exclusive interview.
These are some highlights of the conversion between CNN reporter and president Tsai on hypothetical warfare.
CNN: Talking about threats, we have seen quite a few Chinese media outlets and authorities expecting to invade Taiwan. Are you concerned about it? Do you think China poses an unprecedented threat on Taiwan’s independent existence or do you think China’s bark is worse than its bite?
Tsai: I believe that there is not a president nor a leader that would rule out the possibilities of getting caught up in wars, so we must ready our military forces at all time. However, military actions are based on formal decisions in politics, which is what we must add to China on its cost in the use of force against Taiwan. I believe that the leader of China will not carry out such a reckless action if the political cost is already too high.
CNN: We see the United States military has been strengthening relations between Taiwan and the U.S. through multiple submarine parts exported to the country under Taiwan Travel Act, at the same time, we have also seen Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterate his possible use of force on Taiwan. With all due respect, do you expect the U.S. military to intervene, if China was to invade as soon as tomorrow?
Tsai: Our self-defense in the military is around-the-clock. In other words, the outbreak of a strike could also take place anytime, and we are alarmed 24/7 with military capabilities in place to take on the first wave of China’s attacks. But China will be faced with pressure from the international community, or even a backfire in its own economy as well as in other spheres as a result. We will withstand the first wave of the strikes ourselves, and we hope the rest of the whole world would stand up together to exert strong pressure against China soon after that.
CNN: Do you have confidence that the U.S. would lead the action?
Tsai: As I said, if it’s Taiwan today, everyone is going to ask, who’s next? Any country in the region, giving up submitting to China’s will, is to be faced with similar threats of force. I believe it’s not about an event of Taiwan under attacks; it’s the will that China has demonstrated — one that expansionist China is eager to increase influence at the expense of its military forces.
Under such circumstances, it’s not just Taiwan’s interests at stake. It’s the interests of many regions or even the whole world.
withstand (v.) [wɪðˋstænd] 抵擋，承受住 | The walls can withstand high winds.
intervene (v.) [ɪntɚˋvin] 介入，干涉 | The bank of England had been intervening in foreign exchange markets.
exert (v.) [ɪgˋzɝt] 施加，運用 | She’s been exerting her influence on her friend to change her decision.
exclusive (a.) [ɪkˋsklusɪv] 獨家的，排外的 | Most news stations thrive on the abundance of exclusive news.
hypothetical (a.) [͵haɪpəˋθɛtɪk!] 假設的，假定的 | Nobody likes to have wars, but we must make preparation for hypothetical warfare.
unprecedented (a.) [ʌnˋprɛsə͵dɛntɪd] 史無前例的，空前的 | The rate of growth was unprecedented.
reiterate (v.) [riˋɪtə͵ret] 重做，重申 | Let me reiterate that we have absolutely no plans to increase taxation.
outbreak (n.) [ˋaʊt͵brek] 爆發 | These outbreaks pose a significant threat to the general population.
sphere (n.) [sfɪr] 領域，界 | The government exchanges with other countries, particularly in cultural, scientific and economic spheres.
around-the-clock (adv.) 全天候的，全天的 | I’m going to start drilling around-the-clock.
someone’s bark is worse than his/her bite 虛張聲勢
at stake 有風險，處於危機關頭
- Two lives are at stake.
- Thousands of lives will be at stake if emergency aid doesn’t arrive in the city soon.
- The people themselves weren’t part of the conflict; they were just (caught up in / at stake) it.
- I hope he could (stay up / carry out) his plan.
- Today, we are (facing / faced) with a serious problem.
- Sharon is very concerned (of / about) your safety.
- His wife finally persuaded him to give up (smoke / smoking).