Possible trade disruption from China-Taiwan conflict


THE China-Taiwan conflict could rule out a possible disruption of international trade similar to the Russian-Ukraine war, Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Katsuhiko Takahashi (picture) said.

He said the Russian-Ukraine war has resulted in trade disruption which affected most developing countries, especially those involved in trading with both countries.

“I think the same thing would happen in Taiwan and China if something (similar to the Russian-Ukraine war) happened,” Takahashi said during the questions and answers session after presenting his lecture on “Look East Policy in Present Turbulent Times” at Sunway University yesterday.

Thus, he calls upon all parties to keep pressuring and take action on the value that should be supported to steer clear of any international risks.

“The risk on this type of system is really a counterproductive, not only to the country being threatened but other sides of the country also threatening.

“Therefore, we really encourage other parties to speak out at the multilateral level and make people know that you are concerned,” he noted.

On Sunday, China’s largest military exercises surrounding Taiwan were drawing to a close following a controversial visit by the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi described the visit as a violation of the One-China principle and his country’s sovereignty as China sees the self-governed island as part of its territory under the policy.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah assured that Malaysia is monitoring closely the developments in Taiwan after tensions erupted between China and the US.