BEIJING, (BM) – 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 Friday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“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.
Beijing could use military force to annex Taiwan to China
The Beijing authorities are striving for a peaceful way to reunite Taiwan with the mainland, but do not exclude force methods. This was stated on May 29 this year by the chief of the Joint Staff of the Central Military Council of the PRC, General Li Zocheng.
“If all the chances for a peaceful reunification of the homeland are exhausted, the Chinese army will use all means to ensure the integrity of its territory,” Interfax quoted the military commander as speaking at a meeting on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Anti-Separatism Law in China.
Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, Li Zhanshu, said in his speech that Beijing “will never allow any force to separate Taiwan from China in any way.”
He confirmed that “China will use all means to prevent Taiwan’s secession from China” by proponents of island independence, but non-peaceful methods are “this last resort.”
At the same time, Liu Jie, the head of the Chancellery of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China for Taiwan Affairs, said that peaceful reunification using the formula “one country, two systems” is the best way, and all attempts to prevent this are doomed to failure.
Official ties between the central government of the PRC and the island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces, led by Chiang Kai-shek, who were defeated in the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between Taiwan and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. Since the early 1990s, the parties began to contact through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Development of Relations through the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Strait Exchange Fund.
Between 2008 and 2016, relations between the shores of the Taiwan Strait significantly warmed. But they again experienced a serious rollback after the Democratic Progressive Party, led by Tsai Inven, returned to power, which remains a staunch opponent of the course towards rapprochement with China. She refuses to recognize the fundamental principle of “one China”, which serves as a prerequisite for dialogue. This slowed down the process of rapprochement between the mainland and Taiwan.
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China is conducting exercises, while at the same time Taiwan is arming itself [comment]
What has already been announced has happened, i.e. China is to make a show of strength in the course of military maneuvers, which are Beijing’s direct response to the visit of the American official delegation to Taiwan. However, the Taiwanese authorities are also not passive and indicate that an increase in the defense budget is planned for the next year.
China emphasizes that it had to take the necessary steps to secure sovereignty and security in the region. Of course, it is about the commenced military exercises within the Theater Eastern Command. They involve a number of units and are conducted near the strategic Taiwan Strait. Their military goal is to test combat readiness and the possibility of cooperation between various formations.
And a political response to the visit of the official delegation from the United States, led by the American secretary of health, to Taiwan. Beijing believes that such behavior on the part of the United States (not directly indicated, but you can safely read it) sends the wrong signals against what is known in China as “separatist forces”.
The spokesman of the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, presented the matter clearly, neither, nor under any circumstances – e.g. the COVID19 pandemic, official US-Taiwanese relations should not take place and Beijing is strongly against them. It must be remembered that for the Chinese authorities there is no such thing as the Republic of China in Taiwan and we are dealing with the so-called a rebellious province that is part of the territory of the People’s Republic of China.
However, in the context of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s exercises near Taiwan, the Taiwanese defense minister chills emotions. It was intended to indicate that normal citizens on the island had nothing to fear.
The Chinese side is also sending out signals of opposition to any existing and possible Taiwanese arms purchases in the United States. The Global Times points out that, first of all, potential new cruise missile systems or sea mines will not significantly affect the capabilities of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
Possible talks with the Americans regarding the purchase of new SeaGuardian unmanned aerial vehicles were also noted. The latter would increase the reconnaissance and patrol capabilities of the Taiwanese armed forces.
The Republic of China itself in Taiwan is to consider an increase in the defense budget by 10.2 percent. compared to the current sums spent on military matters. President Tsai Ing-wen is to focus on strengthening the Taiwanese armed forces, especially in the area of the ability to counter enemy sea and air landings. What is more, her party’s advantage in the local parliament probably guarantees a new, increased dimension of the budget.
Thus, the search for additional anti-ship missiles and sea mines, as well as the purchase of heavy torpedoes, closely monitored and criticized by Beijing, will be finalized. Choosing Washington as a partner that can offer not only the transfer of modern technologies, but also political support following military contracts. Hence the emphasis on the importance of, for example, the purchase of M1A2 Abrams MBTs (106 units) and 77 F-16V combat aircraft. In total, the US State Department was to approve $ 10 billion Taiwanese purchases.
Interestingly, it is even noted in the United States that in the case of MBTs, you can count more on a political effect than on a practical one. Looking at the issues of, for example, moving around the island, such large tanks.
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