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Taiwan Rejects Elon Musk’s Claim: ‘Not Part of China, Not for Sale’

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, has issued a resolute response on Elon Musk’s micro-blogging platform, X, emphasizing that Taiwan remains outside the jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

A photo of Elon Musk
A photo of Elon Musk (src: Bloomberg)

In a recent development, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has once again ignited controversy by asserting that Taiwan is an “integral part” of China, provoking a strong reaction from the Taiwanese government.

Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, responded firmly on Musk’s micro-blogging platform, X, formerly known as Twitter, stating that the country is neither part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) nor available for “sale.”

Musk made this statement during a business summit where he drew a comparison between Taiwan and Hawaii, emphasizing Taiwan’s connection to China. However, this perspective contradicts the widely recognized international consensus that acknowledges the country as a self-governing entity separate from mainland China. The consistent assertion of sovereignty over Taiwan by Beijing has escalated tensions in the region.

Earlier this week, China demonstrated its military prowess by conducting air and naval exercises in the vicinity of Taiwan, a routine display of military-might aimed at asserting control over the island. Taiwan reported the presence of more than 40 Chinese military aircraft and approximately 10 ships in its waters during these maneuvers.

This isn’t the first instance of Elon Musk courting controversy with comments related to Taipei. Reports indicate that he once suggested that resolving tensions between Beijing and Taipei, could involve granting China some degree of control over Taiwan. This notion received a nod from China’s Ambassador to the US but was met with staunch opposition from Taiwan’s government.

Musk’s statements come at a time of escalating tensions between China and the United States on various fronts, with Taiwan emerging as a significant point of contention. The U.S. has long been a key ally of Taiwan, further complicating the delicate geopolitical balance in the region.

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