taiwan preparing for war (seriously)

Taiwan Says It Needs To Prepare For War, As UK Warships Move Towards South China Sea
South Front, Jun 23 2021

On Jun 23, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu warned that Taiwan needs to prepare for military conflict with China. According to him, China’s escalating military intimidation of Taiwan shows the self-governed island “needs to prepare” for a possible military conflict. His warning came one week after the island reported the largest daily fly over by Chinese military planes into Taiwan’s self-declared Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The flight included 28 Chinese warplanes, including fighter jets and bombers, and did not violate Taiwanese sovereign airspace or international law, but it was seen as show of strength by China’s People’s Liberation Army. Wu told CNN in Taipei:

As Taiwan decision makers, we cannot take any chances, we have to be prepared. When the Chinese government is saying they would not renounce the use of force, and they conduct military exercises around Taiwan, we would rather believe that it is real.

Wu, who has served as minister of foreign affairs since 2018, was accused by Beijing in May of being a “diehard separatist” after remarks he made during a news conference that Taiwan would fight “to the very last day” if attacked by China. Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said:

Stopping ‘Taiwan independence’ is the necessary condition for maintaining peaceful cross-strait relations. Joseph Wu has repeatedly and arrogantly provoked ‘Taiwan independence.’ … We will take all necessary measures to severely punish such ‘Taiwan independence’ diehards for life in accordance with the law.

In response, Wu said he is “honored” to be targeted by Communist authorities in Beijing, adding:

Authoritarianism cannot tolerate truth. If they continue to say that they want to pursue me for the rest of my life, I’m not really concerned about that.

The US military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows.

Just a week earlier, on Jun 15, the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the US Navy said, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. China frequently objects to US military missions in the South China Sea, saying they do not help promote peace or stability, and the latest mission comes after China condemned the G7 nations for a statement criticising Beijing over a range of issues. The US Navy said:

While in the South China Sea, the strike group is conducting maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units. Carrier operations in the South China Sea are part of the US Navy’s routine presence in the Indo-Pacific.

In further support of the US and its antagonism of China, the British-led Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group is moving towards the South China Sea. The 65k-ton aircraft carrier with more than 30 aircraft plans to visit the Asian waterway for military drills with the US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces, British media outlets say. The ships set sail in May for a world journey of seven months, the Royal Navy said on its website without specifying when it would reach the South China Sea. A Dutch frigate and an American destroyer have joined the group.

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