China is using financial and political pressure to suppress Taiwan’s space, Tsai said. This poses a threat to the country and represents a brazen challenge to international order, she added.
The United States is closely watching Chinese intentions toward Taiwan, concerned that Beijing’s growing military prowess may increase the risk it could one day consider bringing the self-ruled island under its control by force, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Cancellation of the games at this late stage marks the latest move in Beijing’s campaign to suppress Taiwan’s international space and advance its agenda through exerting pressure in nonpolitical arenas, the Office of the President said. The office called on the international community to recognize the harm China’s conduct poses to the stability, security and well-being of international society.