In a visit to the Chinese southern province of Guangdong, President Xi Jinping told military troops to “put all (their) minds and energy on preparing for war.” They were told to “maintain a state of high alert” and to be “absolutely loyal, absolutely pure, and absolutely reliable.”
Xi delivered a speech to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. The zone, which was created in 1980, was done so to attract foreign business and has helped China develop the second-largest economy on the globe.
Tensions between the U.S. and China are higher than they have been for the last 10 years. Disputes over Taiwan and disagreements concerning the coronavirus have escalated the blood pressures of both nations.
Despite this action by China, the White House informed Congress that the U.S. will proceed with the sale of three advanced weapon systems to Taiwan. One of these systems is the highly advanced Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, in a bitter and threatening call to the U.S., told Washington D.C. to “immediately cancel any arms sales plans to Taiwan” and to cut all “US-Taiwan military ties.”
Despite Taiwan having never fallen under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party, officials in Bejing consider the self-governing island to be part of China’s domestic territory. President Xi has not ruled out using military force should the U.S. continue with its plans.
Under President Trump, the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. has grown stronger than it has ever been. In fact, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the island in decades when he traveled there to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to Azar’s visit, China beefed up its military drills between the mainland and Taiwan, even to the point of sending 40 warplanes to buzz the island’s shores in a clear display of their intolerance.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper termed China as a “malign force,” stating how the communist nation is no match for the military might of the United States. “(China and Russia) are using predatory economics, political subversion, and military force in an attempt to shift the balance of power in their favor, and often at the expense of others,” he said.
Esper also announced his “Battle Force 2045” plan. The plan details an expanded and modernized US Navy with 500 manned and unmanned computer-driven ships by 2045.
Taiwan’s president has rightly accused China of turning up the flames of tension between the two nations. “What we are seeing now is not just a situation across the Taiwan Strait, but a regional situation. China’s recent military activities, especially in the past few days, clearly constitute a threat of force, which is part of their verbal attacks and military threats (against Taiwan),” President Tsai Ing-wen said about the 40 fighter jets and bombers.
Altogether, 37 Chinese aircraft, including H-6 bombers, J-10, J-11, and J-16 fighters, and a Y-8 antisubmarine warfare plane, put on a display of force for Taiwan to witness. Of course, this display could be taken as nothing less than a threat. China wants Taiwan to remain under their thumb.
Taiwan’s ministry said they “issued radio warnings, scrambled fighters and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the activities.” They also said they hope China’s actions have made other nations “more aware of the threat posed by China.” Bejing claimed the Chinese troops were acting legally. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and there is no so-called median line,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
Wenbin then added how the Chinese military has the “confidence and determination to thwart any attempt by any person or force to carry out ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist activities in any form.”
It’s doubtful that China will do anything more than continuing to blow hot air. It is not in their best interest to tackle an opponent like the United States, and they are fully aware of the fact. This is precisely why President Trump will not back down from solidifying a firm relationship with our very important ally, Taiwan.