Fear of war dips in Taiwan despite rise in US-China tensions over island

14/1/2022 11:30:00 AM

An expert said Taiwanese people were in denial of the reality.

An expert said Taiwanese people were in denial of the reality.

Fear of war dips in Taiwan despite rise in US-China tensions over island. Annual poll finds Taiwanese fear of conflict in coming months has fallen 15 percentage points in the past year

, 35.4% of respondents said they were worried about a military conflict breaking out over the Taiwan Strait within the next year, a decrease of nearly 15 percentage points on last year’s survey. The survey also found 59.7% of people do not think Beijing will ultimately use force to take Taiwan, while more than 35% believed it would.

Beijing considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province of Chinaand has pledged to take it by force if necessary. Some analysts see Xi Jinping’s “reunification” pledge as a key goal of his legacy, but the current democratically elected government in Taipei says the island is already a de-facto independent nation.

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