Speaking to the ABC's China Tonight program, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu declared that if the PLA were to launch an actual strike, his democratic state would be ready to repel it.
The minister from Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party believes other like-minded countries such as Australia should now aid his besieged nation by developing closer ties.
Australia does not formally recognize Taiwan diplomatically, but the federal government regularly calls for a "peaceful resolution" of differences between China and the small independent nation through dialogue and without the threat or use of force or coercion.
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