By Adam Walz, missionary to Taiwan
The outbreak of COVID-19 has certainly put the world into an uproar. One specific instance is the heightened military tension between Taiwan and China. They have each been accusing the other of reporting false news. In addition, China has prevented Taiwan from having access to the World Health Organization. Amidst all this, late in the evening on March 16th, China flew some J-11 fighters and KJ-500 into the waters southwest of Taiwan. During this time the aircraft drew close to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone. The Communist aircraft flew away after a broadcasted order by the Taiwanese military to leave. Taiwan has and continues to monitor their waters for further security.
China has been doing these drills called “island encirclements” since the election of Taiwan’s current president, Tsai Ing-wen, in 2016. Tsai is known for her strong view on independence, exactly what China doesn’t want for Taiwan. Despite Taiwan’s official name being “the Republic of China,” China still refuses to recognize them as such. Even during this time when China should be focused on the epidemic at hand, they are still trying to maintain some form of control over Taiwan.
Nobody knows exactly when China will send military forces to claim Taiwan back as part of the mainland. However, today the door remains open to bring the Gospel to Taiwan. We pray that God will raise up many laborers to go proclaim the Gospel on this island. As a result, when China one day decides to claim Taiwan as its own, they will be so saturated with the Gospel that communist China will be recruiting their very own missionaries and pastors.