Threat to Taiwan: China may block Taiwanese ports, airports, and flight routes
TAIPEI, ($1=27.74 Taiwanese New Dollars) – The mainland Chinese military already has the capability and the means to blockade key ports and airports in Taiwan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Taiwanese military statement on Tuesday.
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“Currently, the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) is capable of blockading our most important ports, airports, and flight routes to block our air and sea lines and influence the flow of military supplies and material and technical resources to us,” the statement said.
It notes that at the same time, the PLA seeks to complete the modernization of its armed forces by 2035 to “gain superiority in possible operations against Taiwan and a real opportunity to resist foreign forces, which poses a serious threat to our national security.”
The recent increase in military drills and flights of PRC Air Force aircraft in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone is part of what Taipei sees as a carefully planned pursuit strategy.
“His intimidating behavior is not only aimed at reducing our level of combat power and undermining our faith and morale but is also an attempt to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait to ultimately achieve its goal of invading Taiwan without a fight,” the message of the military department.
Taiwan’s chief of staff, Tsai Ing-wen, has already made strengthening the island’s defenses a priority, promising to produce more weapons domestically, including submarines, and increasing purchases of military equipment from the United States, Taiwan’s most important arms supplier.
China builds own terrifying apocalypse torpedo
Specialists from the People’s Liberation Army of China conducted a unique test – they detonated a powerful non-nuclear charge underwater to simulate the destruction of a port with a closed harbor, as we reported on November 1, citing the Chinese state news agency Global Times. The Chinese are working on a “miracle weapon” that will help destroy aircraft carriers and US naval bases, as the agency says.
This test was conducted as part of the development of weapons that will help destroy enemy naval bases and aircraft carriers. This was reported by the Chinese portal Global Times.
It is noted that before this underwater explosion, about 1,000 sensors were installed, which performed all possible measurements for scientific modeling of subsequent underwater explosions.
The Chinese claim that they managed to “erase from the face of the earth” all the coastal infrastructure of the port where the test took place in one underwater explosion. However, what kind of port it was – Chinese resources do not disclose.
China became the first country to conduct tests to destroy the coastal infrastructure of ports with an underwater explosion. The Chinese say that such developments are directly aimed at deterring the United States during the coming war at sea.
From these words, we can assume that China is developing its latest “miracle weapon” in case of a “great war” for Taiwan against the United States.
And, China, either conceptually or technologically, in this case, is trying to copy the Russian system “Status-6”, also known as “Poseidon” – an unmanned “super-torpedo” with a nuclear engine, which is also designed to defeat the navy bases and destruction of enemy ships at anchor. The Kremlin is also “targeting” such a “super-torpedo” against the United States.
China and Taiwan: What’s Happening Now?
China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and is committed to reclaiming it. However, many Taiwanese want to live in a separate state. The dispute makes the situation in the region tense, there is a threat of a conflict in which the United States may also take part.
After decades of hostility and aggressive rhetoric, relations between China and Taiwan began to improve in the 1980s.
China has put forward a formula known as “one country, two systems”, according to which Taiwan will be given significant autonomy if it agrees to reunite with mainland China. The offer was rejected, but Taiwan has simplified the rules for visiting and investing in China. He also declared the end of the war with the People’s Republic of China in 1991.
There were also limited negotiations between unofficial representatives of both sides. China’s position that the power of the Republic of China is illegitimate hinders contacts between governments.
In 2000, Beijing was concerned about the election of President Chen Shui-bian in Taiwan, who openly supported the island’s independence. Chen Shui-bian was re-elected in 2004, prompting China in 2005 to pass the so-called anti-secession law, which spoke of the PRC’s right to use “non-peaceful means” against Taiwan if it tries to secede from China.
In 2008, Ma Ying-jeou was elected president on the island. He sought to improve relations with China, mainly through economic agreements. In the January 2016 elections, Tsai Ing-wen defeated Kuomintang candidate Eric Chu.
Ms. Tsai leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is leaning towards independence from China.
After Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. election, Tsai Ing-wen spoke to him on the phone. This conversation ran counter to American policy established in 1979 when official relations between the United States and Taiwan ended.
Throughout 2018, China stepped up pressure on international companies to list Taiwan as part of China on their websites and threatened to ban them from doing business in China if they did not. In November, Cai Ing-wen’s political party was defeated in regional elections in what Beijing saw as a blow to its separatist stance.
How problematic is Taiwan’s independence?
Although political progress has been slow, ties between the two peoples and economies have increased dramatically. Taiwanese companies have invested about $ 60 billion in China, and about a million Taiwanese now live there, working in Taiwanese factories.
Some Taiwanese are concerned that their economy is now dependent on China. Others point out that closer business ties make military action by China less likely due to possible losses to the Chinese economy.
A controversial trade agreement between the countries led to the rise of the Sunflower movement in 2014 when students and activists took over the Taiwanese parliament to protest what they described as China’s growing influence over Taiwan.
Officially, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is in favor of Taiwan’s independence, while the Kuomintang is in favor of the possibility of unification.
Opinion polls show that only a small proportion of Taiwanese now support one opinion or the other, with the majority preferring to maintain the current state.
However, more and more people say they feel like Taiwanese and not Chinese. DPP support increased in the January 2016 elections. This was partly attributed to dissatisfaction with the Kuomintang’s economic policies, from the gap between rich and poor to high housing prices, and partly because of fears that Ma Ying-jeou’s administration had made Taiwan too dependent on Beijing.
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