Mass street demonstrations are expected Saturday in Taiwan over growing anger against perceived bullying by its militarily and economically more powerful rival, China. Some protesters are expected to push the Taiwan government for more action on China.
Formosa Alliance advocates an eventual voter referendum on Taiwan’s constitutional independence from China, which would be more than today’s de facto autonomy as well as a red line for Beijing.
Taiwan’s ruling party, which also leans toward greater Taiwan autonomy, will hold its demonstration with the slogan “Oppose annexation, protect Taiwan.”
Some of the first group’s protesters will probably vent at China over “Bullying,” while others will ask that Tsai’s government ensure that relations at least do not worsen, said Huang Kwei-bo, vice dean of the international affairs college at National Chengchi University in Taipei.
China has further rattled Taiwan by passing its aircraft carrier through the 160 kilometer-wide strait that separates them and flying military planes just outside Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.