The former leader of NATO has implored nations to demonstrate repercussions to China if it decides to launch an attack on Taiwan.

Everyone who has faith in a democratic Taiwan and a global arrangement based on regulations ought to endeavor to guarantee Ukraine’s triumph. It is up to Ukraine and Taiwan’s people to determine their destiny, so the free world should give them our backing.

During his excursion to Taiwan on Thursday, Jan. 5, the former secretary-general of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen remarked that democracies should make it unmistakable that China would suffer intense financial repercussions should it attempt to encroach on the self-governed nation.

“Any attempt by China to change the status quo in Taiwan by force should spark an equally unified response, and we must make this clear to China now,” he said.

Taiwan Flag
Taiwan Flag (Source: ironypoisoning/Flickr)

Despite Taiwan’s disapproval of Chinese sovereignty, Beijing has been intensifying its efforts to demonstrate its ownership of the island in the last three years, including frequent military aircraft activity close to its borders.

“China is far more reliant on global supply chains than Russia. Spelling out the severe economic consequences of any attack now would be a powerful deterrent”, he said, adding he believed that Chinese President Xi Jinping was watching closely how the war in Ukraine pans out.

At the press conference in Taipei, Rasmussen stated that if China attempts to alter the present circumstance in Taiwan by force, a unified reply should be made, which has to be communicated to China without delay.

He explained that China is highly dependent on international trading networks compared to Russia. He pointed out that showing extreme financial harm from any offensive action would be highly effective in preventing it. He believes Chinese President Xi Jinping is paying close attention to the developments of the war in Ukraine.