The Global Times editor Hu Xijin which is basically Beijing’s mouthpiece relayed threats and warnings at the U.S. if troops return to Taiwan, they can expect retaliation and definite war.
U.S. Marine Corps authored an editorial written in Military Review and Xijin fired back, in a tweet, Newsweek reported. The American military publication called for U.S. ground troops to be deployed to Taiwan to restore the regional balance of power in Washington’s favor.
The Marine author urged the Pentagon “if it is committed to defending Taiwanese sovereignty,” to send troops to Taiwan. Xijin responded back, that “the PLA will definitely start a just war to safeguard China’s territorial integrity” if there are U.S. troops stationed in Taiwan..
I must warn people in the US and Taiwan who hold this kind of thinking. Once they take the step of returning US forces to Taiwan, the PLA will definitely start a just war to safeguard China’s territorial integrity. China’s Anti-Secession Law is a tiger with teeth. pic.twitter.com/2FkvAEHUqn
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) September 24, 2020
China has stepped up military activity and war games in areas near Taiwan, the contested strait, and the South Chinese Sea. There have also been tensions between the U.S. and what China is doing in Hong Kong. The Chinese military has responded with several threats including videos and military maneuvers indicating that war could be on the horizon if tensions don’t alleviate.
The U.S. isn’t making things any better and is actually edging on the situation by holding diplomatic meetings with Taiwan officials. Earlier this 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 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.
Last week, 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 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. China has warned the U.S. of “serious damage” to their relations if they do not withdraw, the Associated Press reported.
According to the Associated Press, Krach was sent to Taiwan to discuss economic and commercial dialogue with Taiwan’s government. It’s still unknown why Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar attended an earlier meeting.
Anewspost has been covering the ongoing constantly evolving geopolitical relations between China 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.
Xi further warned against the danger of a “clash of civilizations.”
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.
That isn’t the first video release that seems aimed at the U.S. either. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has previously published a video on social media showing Hong Kong air defense drills as Anewspost reported.
This also follows an incident last month when Chinese military drills were disrupted by the U.S. and China responded firing two medium-range “ship killer” projectiles into the South China Sea as a warning.
The PLA has been increasing the number of military drills across East Asia as relations with the U.S continue to deteriorate. This comes after two American aircraft carriers held an unusual exercise in the South China Sea in July as well.
U.S. naval ships have so far sailed six times this year through the strait separating Taiwan from China, irritating Beijing. China claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan and resents other countries for supporting it. The U.S. Navy has also carried out four “freedom of navigation operations” in the South China Sea near Taiwan so far in 2020, VOA News reported.
Beijing’s state media has previously warned any attempt to prevent China from accessing its interests in the region of the South China Sea could risk sparking a “large-scale war.”
Even the UN chief Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 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.
Guterres isn’t the only political official to warn about increasing tensions with China becoming into a hot conflict. A top Republican lawmaker Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) who sits on the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation recently predicted that an armed war with China was imminent.
“I would predict there will be a clash within the next three to six months,” Yoho told the Washington Examiner.
The Florida Republican predicted that armed conflict will be triggered by a Chinese naval attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which often commands a strong presence in the South China Sea, as Anewspost reported.
Nikkei Asian Review warns that if the U.S. were to recognize Taiwan and end the “one-China policy,” it would likely be the spark needed to fuel the fires of war between America and China, expressing the risk of war is “rising rapidly.”