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Tony Abbott lands in Taiwan as the country ‘prepares for war’ with China

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Tony Abbott flies to Taiwan to meet with president as official says country is ‘preparing for WAR’ with China

  • Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to deliver a speech in Taiwan on Friday
  • He will also have an unofficial meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen
  • It comes after Taiwan reported 148 Chinese planes in its air defense zone










Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has landed in Taiwan to deliver a speech and meet with the country’s president amid mounting tensions with China.

Mr Abbott – who led Australia from 2013 to 2015 – will speak Friday at the Yushan Forum, a conference hosted by the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation.

He will also have unofficial meetings with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.

Abbott was filmed landing at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport after flying in from Singapore. He was greeted by Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang (pictured together)

The Chinese planes have not flown into Taiwan's airspace, but the Air Defense Identification Zone or ADIZ (pictured in the yellow box), a larger area that Taiwan monitors and patrols to give it more time to respond to any threats.

The Chinese planes have not flown into Taiwan’s airspace, but the Air Defense Identification Zone or ADIZ (pictured in the yellow box), a larger area that Taiwan monitors and patrols to give it more time to respond to any threats.

The visit comes after Taiwan reported that 148 Chinese Air Force planes had flown over its air defense zone over a four-day period beginning Friday, the same day China marked a major patriotic holiday, National Day.

On Monday, Mr. Wu told the ABC program China Tonight that Taiwan is preparing for war.

“Taiwan’s defense is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that,” he said.

“I’m sure if China launches an attack on Taiwan, I think they will suffer greatly as well.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke at the Yushan forum last year but made his comments virtual from Australia due to pandemic travel restrictions.

Abbott was filmed landing at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport after flying in from Singapore.

34 J-16 fighters (file image) were among 52 Chinese aircraft deployed in ADIZ .  were flown into Taiwan

34 J-16 fighters (file image) were among 52 Chinese aircraft deployed in ADIZ . were flown into Taiwan

Mr Tien and Mr Abbott were heard discussing lockdown rules and Covid-19 swabs in English as they walked through the terminal

Mr Tien and Mr Abbott were heard discussing lockdown rules and Covid-19 swabs in English as they walked through the terminal

Greeted by Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang, the couple heard the pair discuss lockdown rules and Covid-19 swabs in English as they walked through the terminal.

They also discussed Australia’s new airport to the west of Sydney and the Liberal Democrats, a new political party founded by former Queensland Prime Minister Campbell Newman.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to take it by force if necessary, while Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedoms and democracy.

The tensions are viewed with increasing concern by the international community.

Japan and Australia on Tuesday urged the two to talk to each other, while the United States said it had “transmitted clear messages” after what it described as destabilizing China’s activities.

Military officers hold flower walk to pay respects to the People's Heroes Monument during a Martyr's Day ceremony in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Sept. 30

Military officers hold flower walk to pay respects to the People’s Heroes Monument during a Martyr’s Day ceremony in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Sept. 30

Shortly before the Chinese jets appeared in the skies near Taiwan, the Beijing-owned Global Times newspaper threatened Taipei and Australia.

Shortly before the Chinese jets appeared in the skies near Taiwan, the Beijing-owned Global Times newspaper threatened Taipei and Australia.

Taiwan calls China’s repeated military activities in the neighborhood “grey zone” warfare, designed to both exhaust Taiwan’s armed forces by repeatedly scrambling them, and to test Taiwan’s responses.

“Taiwan must be alert. China is more and more over the top,” Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang told reporters in Taipei.

“The world has also seen China’s repeated violations of regional peace and pressure on Taiwan.”

Taiwan needs to “strengthen itself” and become one, he added.

Only then will countries that want to annex Taiwan not dare to resort to violence. Only when we help ourselves can others help us.’

The Chinese planes have not flown into Taiwan’s airspace, but the Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, a larger area that Taiwan monitors and patrols to give it more time to respond to any threats.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has made military modernization a priority, focusing on using new, mobile weapons to make an attack by China as costly as possible, turning Taiwan into a “porcupine.”

In an article for the US magazine Foreign Affairs released Tuesday, Tsai said Taiwan’s fall to China would have “catastrophic” consequences for peace in Asia.

Tsai said Taiwan is not seeking a military confrontation “but if its democracy and way of life are threatened, Taiwan will do everything in its power to defend itself.”

President Tsai Ing-wen (pictured in October 2020 in Taipei) pledged to 'do whatever it takes' to protect Taiwan from invasion

President Tsai Ing-wen (pictured in October 2020 in Taipei) pledged to ‘do whatever it takes’ to protect Taiwan from invasion

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