Taiwan acquires US ballistic and cruise missiles, China strengthens its missile bases
TAIPE, (BM) – The military crisis between the North and the West will continue to grow with strong force, and China is expected to express its dissatisfaction with the US decision to sell ballistic and cruise missiles worth a total of nearly $ 1.8 billion to Taiwan in the coming weeks, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Such a deal became clear to the public after the US State Department announced the new sale to the Asian island and actually gave the green light to start deliveries. Reciprocally, Beijing is expected to give the “green light” to another batch of reproaches to Washington. We know that China does not recognize Taiwan, and one of the main goals in the near future is for Beijing to regain its alienated territory, either through the use of military force.
What does the deal between Washington and Taipei involve? Taiwan receives at least 11 Himars M-142 mobile artillery launchers with 64 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) M57 ballistic missiles for 436.1 million.
135 AGM84H Standoff Land Attack Misca Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) cruise missiles entered F-16 combat bombers and usable against land and naval targets of $ 1 billion
6 MS-110 Recce Pods for 367.2 million also for F-16 equipment, after the Trump administration gave the green light in August 2019 to provide the latest version of the fighter, F-16 Viper Block 70 / 72.
Washington’s idea is to minimize possible US involvement in a China-Taiwan conflict in the future by selling dozens and hundreds of weapons to Taipei, allowing the country to defend itself against a possible Chinese invasion. We have repeatedly analyzed Taiwan’s military power, and given China’s power, Taipei could be more than a serious resistance to a future Chinese attack. Many experts even believe that Taiwan now has the ability to respond immediately to provocation and deploy its defensive and offensive forces faster than those of China.
The Taipei administration naturally welcomed the Trump administration’s decision to provide weapons to Taiwan, stressing that Washington’s actions made sense and logic after an agreement was reached between the two countries to provide military assistance.
As China has not recognized Taiwan’s independence, Beijing is expected to start irradiating the local and international population with the fact that in this way the United States is interfering in China’s internal affairs and in the coming days the Chinese government will take a very “legitimate and necessary response. basis for the development of the situation”.
The rhetoric between the two countries does not surprise us, as this has been going on for years. But in reality, China seems to be preparing for an invasion of Taiwan, according to some military analysts, who say Beijing has violated Taiwan’s airspace at least 21 times in the past year alone, and the Chinese Communist administration is putting pressure on Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-ven, who is accused of pursuing the independence program.
However, China also understands the real danger, despite its power and large army, of failing a possible attempt to attack Taiwanese lands. Beijing’s actions on this issue are eloquent, after only a week and a half ago the Chinese People’s Liberation Army strengthened its positions and missile bases at the Fujian and Zhejiang negotiations, seeing that Taipei deployed DF-17 ballistic missiles in this area.
China: US and Taiwan should not play with fire, because we’ve enough military power
The Chinese army has enough strength, means and determination to defend the country’s sovereignty, to prevent Taiwan’s declaration of independence and foreign interference in the internal affairs of the PRC, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said on September 18 this year.
“The People’s Liberation Army of China has a strong will, full confidence and sufficient capabilities to suppress the intervention of external forces and separatist acts aimed at proclaiming Taiwan independence, resolutely uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” he stressed at a briefing.
A Chinese military spokesman warned: “Those who play with fire may end up burning themselves.” This is how Ren Guoqiang commented on the announcement made by the Taiwanese administration yesterday [September 17 – ed.] that US Deputy Head of State Kate Krach will pay a visit to Taiwan on September 17-19.
A spokesman for the PRC Ministry of Defense noted that “Taiwan is a sacred and integral part of Chinese territory,” and the Taiwan issue belongs to the category of China’s internal affairs. He said that on Friday, China will begin military exercises near Taiwan. According to him, “These are legal and necessary actions aimed at preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state in the current situation with Taiwan.”
On the eve, China protested to the United States in connection with Krach’s Taiwan visit. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Thursday, “This is a violation of the One China Principle and damages Sino-American relations, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” He said Beijing was calling on Washington to immediately end all official contacts with Taipei. Otherwise, China reserves the right to retaliate.
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