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Taiwan Is Not For Sale, Taiwan Replies Elon Musk

In a reaction to Elon Musk’s assertion that Taiwan  is a vital component of China, the island nation has declared it is “not for sale.”

New Telegraph reports that Elon Musk made the comment on Wednesday at the All-In Summit in Los Angeles.

Speaking at the event, Musk, owner of the micro-blogging platform, X, formerly known as  Twitter said, “Their [Beijing’s] policy has been to reunite  Taiwan with China.”

“From their perspective, maybe it is analogous to Hawaii or something like that, like an essential part of China that is arbitrarily not part of China,” he added.

“The US Pacific Fleet has stopped any sort of reunification effort by force.”

However, Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu, in a post on X, said he hoped Musk could ask China to open the billionaire’s social media platform to its people.

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It would be recalled that China blocks X, along with other major Western social media sites like Facebook.

“Perhaps he thinks banning it is a good policy, like turning off Starlink to thwart Ukraine’s counterstrike against Russia,” Mr Wu said.

He was referring to Mr. Musk refusing a Ukrainian request to activate his Starlink satellite network in Crimea’s port city of Sevastopol last year to aid an attack on Russia’s fleet there.

“Listen up, Taiwan is not part of the PRC & certainly not for sale!” Mr Wu added, using the acronym for the People’s Republic of China.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s defence ministry has said in the past 24 hours it had detected 40 Chinese Air Force aircraft entering the island’s air defence zone, mostly flying into the Bashi Channel.

At least four of the aircraft also crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait to the northwest of the island.

Taiwan’s democratically elected government strongly rejects China’s sovereignty claims and says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future.

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