Satire: Taiwan’s Tank Woman

As Kinamedia noted yesterday, the Chinese military has stepped up its activities around Taiwan considerably in the past couple of days.

Chinese Fighter jets is taking new routes across the median line of the Taiwan Strait, a record number of 20 military vessels were spotted close to the Taiwanese main island in one single day, and China’s aircraft carrier Shandong sailed just 111 kilometer from the island’s southern tip which is closer than ever before.

As those activities still fail to coerce the Taiwanese leadership or population, cartoonist Niklas ”@KluddNiklas” Eriksson in his latest cartoon for Kinamedia let president Tsai Ing-wen embody the spirit of the Tank Man during the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989.

Like the Tank Man temporarily stopped a long line of PLA tanks moving towards its targets in central Beijing, the above cartoon also shows how Taiwan’s Tank Woman is what currently stands between the Chinese Communist Party and its further expansion plans in the region and beyond.

It’s now up to other democratic countries whether Taiwan will be a temporary or definite stop for those plans, depending on their will to work together to create a deterrence that didn’t exist back in 1989.

The above cartoon can be viewed in full size here.

A full collection of Kludd-Niklas’ works for Kinamedia can be seen via this link.