China-Taiwan tensions are raising fears of a conflict. In Taipei, tuttavia, people don't seem worried

Taipei, Taiwan China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan in recent weeks, flying dozens of warplanes near the self-ruled island in a show of strength that has put the entire region on edge.

But at a park in the Taiwanese capital on Thursday, the topic of conversation was about anything but the potential for conflict between Beijing and the island it considers part of its territory.
Huang and Chang, both grandmothers in their 80s, said they had spent the morning with friends chatting about snacks, tea and whether they should do some exercise.
    War is not something they worry about, loro hanno detto.
      We don’t worry about it at all. The threat has always been there and there’s nothing to worry about. If it were going to happen, it would’ve had happened a long time ago,” said Huang, who said she preferred to be called Grandma Huang.
        Their relaxed attitude stands in stark contrast to recent military maneuvers in the Taiwan Strait and terse statements from leaders in mainland China and Taiwan, which have been governed separately since the end of a civil war more than seven decades ago.
        A group of older Taiwan women, including Huang and Chang, meeting up in a park in Taipei on Wednesday October 13.

        So far in October alone, Beijing has sent more than 150 warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), breaking daily records for such incursions, which Taipei has vowed to respond to with radio warnings, anti-aircraft missile tracking or fighter jet intercepts.
          In ottobre 9, Il presidente cinese Xi Jinping — who has refused to rule out military force to capture Taiwan if necessary — disse “reunificationbetween China and Taiwan was inevitable.
          Un giorno dopo, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Taipei would not bow to pressure from Beijing. “Nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us,” lei disse, adding that the future of the democratic island should be decided by its 24 un milione di persone.

          We are all Chinese

          Taiwanese and US officials have publicly estimated that Beijing could have the capacity to invade the island within the next six years.
          But on the streets of Taipei, the mood this week was mostly relaxed and confident. While a few people said they were a bit worried about threats of forcedreunificationby Beijing, many believed the Chinese government would never really go ahead with it.
          I think mainland China and Taiwan have always co-existed peacefully. There are Taiwanese people in mainland China, and there are mainland people here in Taiwan. We are all Chinese people,” said Vicky Tsai, 38, a market trader in Taipei.
          Vicky Tsai, a pork seller in Taipei, said China and Taiwan had managed to live peacefully together for the past 70 anni.

          The trader said military tensions didn’t really have much impact on most people’s daily lives, dismissing them asgames played by the upper class.” “I think it is more important to earn money,” lei disse.
          Incursions by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force into Taiwan’s ADIZ have become so routine in fact — quasi 400 since May, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministrythat the sorties rarely even make front page news domestically.

          A battle of psychology

          Liu Ting-ting, who reports on the military for Taiwan’s TVBS News channel, said although tensions were rising in the region, it didn’t affect daily life.
          People are more concerned as towhether they can put food on the table,” lei disse.
          Liu said while she had no doubt there was a possibility Beijing might try to take Taiwan by force if it felt it had no other option, the people of the islandhave no say in that.
          There’s nothing they can do about it,” lei disse.
          Liu described China’s military sorties as abattle of psychology.She said that while both Beijing and Taipei were trying to project military power, it appeared that China was aiming to instil fear in Taiwanese people.
          Liu Ting-ting, a journalist at Taiwan's TVBS News channel, said people on the island were more concerned with issues affecting their daily lives.

          All'inizio di questo mese, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged China to stop military activity around Taiwan and reiterated the UScommitment to the island, chiamandolo “rock solid.
          Asked whether they believed the US would help Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, opinion was divided among Taiwanese people interviewed by CNN.
          Lisu Su, 34, the owner of a herbal tea shop, said Taiwan’sstrategic positionmeant the US would have to help defend the island.
          As long as Taiwan does not give up on itself and has a strong defense ability, I think the United States will definitely help,” Egli ha detto.
            Huang and Chang, the octogenarians, were more circumspect. While they said they didn’t want a war, both believed that any potential invasion was beyond the control of the Taiwanese people.
            If it’s bound to happen, it doesn’t make a difference whether you worry about it or not,” Huang said.

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