By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
Representative of Taiwan in Nigeria, Ambassador Andy Yih-Ping Liu, has reaffirmed that the country will resist any planned invasion or bullying from any other country.
This is coming against the backdrop on the recent United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Liu, who spoke to some journalists in Lagos, stated that his government will not allow any other country to disrupt its full-fledged democracy, stressing that Chinese worries over Pelosi’s visit to the country are irrational, irresponsible and provocative.
In his words: “Taiwan military build-up has been facing the threat of China for half a century. Taiwan has built one of the strongest missile defence systems in readiness for China.
“Almost every day, we have Chinese military aircraft flying around Taiwan, making a kind of harassment, but they never dared to fly over our territorial waters because they know that Taiwan will shoot them down.
“We will shoot them down immediately they cross over. Not just the military jet-fighter but the missile, because we have built one of the strongest defence missile systems in the world. Taiwan has a lot of military build-up prepared for China’s invasion. We have bought a lot of weapons, and are working together with major strategic partners.
“The Chinese are not only bullying Taiwanese, they are actually putting direct military pressure on Japan, and even on Korea/ South Korea and now America is taking this seriously.
“But, we are well prepared Taiwan has built one of the largest U.S. jet-fighter, largest jet-fighter fleet in the world. We have built our military equipment like naval destroyer, submarine, among others. From air, land and sea and from the sub-marine forces, we are building that for our own protection.
“We have done everything within our power to protect ourselves. We do not have any natural resources. From education, military build-up, high technology industry development, and with good coordination with the rest of the world, we have to defend ourselves. We have our own democracy which we defend seriously.” he said.
Liu said that the world knew that, shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, China would be ready to also launch attack on Taiwan, but unknown to the Chinese, Taiwan is battle ready.