Unresolved problems with Taiwan will cost Xi Jinping a lot – analyst
Petro Shevchenko, an analyst on China, a PhD student at the University of Jilin, believes that China wants to become technologically independent from the West, so it will use various levers to reunite with Taiwan, which has a very large semiconductor industry
He spoke about this on Espreso TV.
"China needs semiconductors. Beijing knows that there will be a technological gap with the United States. If China continues to engage in cooperation with the United States in the field of high-tech components, sooner or later it will overtake the United States in this area. And now we see that the United States is cutting off these high-tech ties. That is, sanctions on Huawei (Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese company, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies – ed.), sanctions on American corporations that export semiconductor equipment to China. And this is dangerous for the United States, because China uses these semiconductors for its military equipment," said the doctoral student of Jilin University.
Petro Shevchenko pointed out that China is now very interested in becoming technologically independent from the West.
"China still wants to buy Western technology, but it is beginning to be prevented from doing so. However, China knows that Taiwan has a very large semiconductor industry. Therefore, Beijing will use a variety of levers to create a peaceful reunification with Taiwan. In my opinion, it will use economic levers to influence Taiwan. As for a military solution, given Taiwan's increasing defense capabilities, this option is possible, but China will try to avoid it as much as possible. Xi Jinping has said that the Taiwan issue should be resolved during his tenure, which means that it is a matter of his personal responsibility. If Xi Jinping fails to resolve this issue with Taiwan, it will cost him a lot," Shevchenko said.
On March 29, China said that Taiwan's President's meeting with US House Speaker "violates China's sovereignty"
On April 6, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reacted to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's meeting with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, saying that the Taiwan issue is a "red line" that the United States must not cross