China's perspective on Taiwan + BYD expansion
China reacted with drastic measures to Nancy Pelosi's Taiwan visit. Military maneuvers off the island continued on Tuesday, although they were officially scheduled to end at noon on Sunday. The reactions turned out so fierce in the last days because China is afraid of a softening of the One-China principle, analyzes Christiane Kuehl. Taiwan's representative in Germany recently said in an interview with China.Table that China could be the "one China" if Taiwan could simply be Taiwan. Such statements are met with great opposition in Beijing. Because from their perspective, Taiwan belongs to China. Whoever has a different opinion is considered a hostile force in Beijing's eyes.
Beijing is therefore watching any movement or even assumed action by the US on the Taiwan issue extremely critically. For China, the Pelosi visit has been the straw that broke the camel's back. In all of this, however, it should not be forgotten that China could also use this crisis to create new facts. The situation remains very vague for now: When will Beijing end its military drills? Will there be further measures such as sanctions? And at what point will Beijing go too far and force the US to react? At China.Table, we very much hope that the crisis will soon come to a peaceful end.
We use laptops "Made in China" and smartphones from Chinese brands. But what about buying a car from the People's Republic? Last year, almost 70 percent of the respondents in a Table.Media survey could not imagine doing so. "Build your Dreams" (BYD) is not deterred by such figures. Starting this fall, BYD plans to sell its first models in Germany. So far, the expansion into Europe has been proceeding in rather small steps. BYD is still looking for sales partners and will not be selling large quantities in the EU soon. However, should the market entry succeed despite all hurdles, the company could develop into a "global player" with certain strengths, as Christian Domke Seidel reports.