AN EXPERT has warned that armed conflict between China and Taiwan is looking increasingly unlikely - and that US-backed Taiwan is militarily outmatched by its rival.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday the island would not accept a "one country, two systems" political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be on a government-to-government basis. Tsai spoke after Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that nobody can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek "reunification". Dr Graham Ong-Webb from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies told Euronews that Taiwan's military is “weaker” than China’s.
“China is economically more powerful than before - the military balance between China and Taiwan has tilted in China’s favour.
“With the help of American finance and equipment I think the Taiwanese should be able to beef up some defences.