China has deployed its hypersonic missiles across Taiwan, which can evade traditional missile defense systems.
The South China Morning Post, cited an anonymous military source stating that China’s most advanced hypersonic missile, the DF-17, is being deployed to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) bases in the provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, which sit right across from Taiwan. The deployment of the missiles is part of a PLA pattern of a beefing up of its forces along the coast of China in what some analysts are saying are preparations for an invasion of Taiwan.
According to the unnamed source, “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades.” The source added that, “The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately.”
The deployments of the missiles are apart of an expansion of the Marine Corps and Rocket Force bases in Fujian and Guangdong provinces, according to Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of Kanwa Defense Review. Chang told the newspaper, “every rocket force brigade in Fujian and Guangdong is now fully equipped.” Chang further asserted that this is evidence of the communist regime’s invasion plans: “The size of some of the missile bases in the Eastern and Southern theatre commands have even doubled in recent years, showing the PLA is stepping up preparations for a war targeting Taiwan.”
Chang added that the Russian-made S-400 Triumf air-defense system is being deployed at bases in southeast China, claiming that the system can cover “the whole of Taiwan.” He then claimed that the system is “able to shoot Taiwanese military aircraft once they take off.”
The report stated that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) now has 20 air force units along its coast. In addition, the People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps (PLANMC) now has 10 to 13 armies along China’s southeast coast, with China’s President Xi Jinping only last week telling the marines to “prepare for war,” Taiwan News reported.
On Sunday (Oct. 18), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Wang Ting-yu reacted to the article by saying he believes the missiles have not necessarily been placed to attack Taiwan but to prevent other countries, such as the U.S. and Japan, from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion, Liberty Times reported. Wang said that the more the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) increases its military deployments in the Pacific, the more obvious its role as “troublemaker” becomes and the more alliances such as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) are needed.
Videos have even emerged separately showing a People’s Liberation Army Air Force bomber equipped with a hypersonic weapon system. The H-6N bomber, was filmed coming in for a landing at a base in central China, carrying a large missile identified as the hypersonic mach 5 DF-17, Popular Mechanics reported.
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Missile Threat estimates the DF-17’s range at between 1,118 and 1,553 miles, while The Diplomat reports the weapon is highly accurate, striking within “meters” of its intended target in tests according to China.
This comes after a fight between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a reception in Fiji celebrating Taiwan’s National Day. That confrontation occurred on the 8th of October incident with each country disputing the other’s claim of how the fight transpired. The conflict resulted in one Taiwanese staffer being sent to a hospital with a head injury and at least one Chinese diplomat who also faced an injury.
This also follows the release of a threatening propaganda video showcasing the invasion of Taiwan by China. Which is marked as the fourth threatening military propaganda film that the Chinese military has released in under six months.
Political tensions between China and Taiwan has spiked to a new high after Beijing earlier this month aired a purported confession from a Taiwanese businessman who is held captive by Chinese authorities on spying charges, Dailymail reported.
It’s also worth mentioning that last month, China sent 18 fighter jets and bombers into the Taiwan Strait in a show of force that a military official in Beijing said was a warning to Taiwan and the United States about their increasing political and military cooperation within the region, The New York Times reported.
This buzz by fighter jets was amid a meeting with a diplomatic official Keith Krach, the undersecretary of state for economic, energy and environmental affairs.
“Those who play with fire are bound to get burned,” Senior Col. Ren Guoqiang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, said at a briefing in Beijing, warning the United States and Taiwan against what he called “collusion.”
This follows another mysterious meeting by a higher-up official in July-August, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Upon Azar’s visit to Taiwan, Chinese state media angrily threatened to retaliate by holding live-fire missile drills near Taiwan and Guam.
Simultaneously last month, Chinese aircraft crossed what’s known as the “mid-line” and entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, prompting Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept them. A Twitter account by the Defense Ministry has been archiving all the incidents see: “@MoNDefense.”
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen previously called China a threat to the entire region.
“The Taiwan region is an inalienable part of China’s territory,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, according to an official transcript. He added that the “so-called” mid-line of the Taiwan Strait does not exist.
The Taiwan Defense Ministry reports, China has threatened or entered into Taiwan’s airspace 46 times in just nine days, the island’s defense ministry said, in a statement, Aljazeera reported.
China eported.and threatens to use military force to bring under its control the island that is a self-governing democracy and close U.S. ally, CBS r
Taiwan and the U.S. are now said to be in economic talks and that’s the reason for these diplomatic meetings. These meetings have angered China and the country has warned the U.S. of “serious damage” to their relations if they do not withdraw, the Associated Press reported.
Anewspost has been covering the ongoing constantly evolving geopolitical relations between China, Taiwan and the U.S. for months now. Recently we reported that China’s President Xi Jinping warned that war was on the horizon if things didn’t turn around. Adding that China didn’t want to get involved in a cold war or hot conflict, but it would defend its national interests.
However, as Anewspost reported, China’s military has painted a much different picture releasing several frightening videos aimed at the U.S. More recently, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force published a video of nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. Pacific island of Guam. China’s President Xi seems to be catching up to his military with the statement last week for Chinese marines to “prepare for war.”
Things have been picking up for months now, but we are closer than ever to war between China and Taiwan, which undoubtedly could be the military move that starts World War III. All we can do now is hope for peace like UN chief Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who previously warned that the tensions between the U.S. and China were moving in a dangerous direction that could fracture the world and turn into a military conflict.
“We must do everything to avoid a new Cold War,” Guterres said. “We are moving in a very dangerous direction.” He added, “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture. A technological and economic divide risks inevitably turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs,” Guterres said.
Little did Guterres know that the real conflict would start between China and Taiwan, not the U.S. and China.