WW3 loams: China ready do ‘whatever it takes’
CHINA has said it’s ready to do “whatever it takes” to bring Taiwan to heel – while rejecting the concept of the so-called “median line” which is an unofficial maritime border between the island and thus the mainland.
Meanwhile, in an exceedingly clear indication of the seriousness which Taiwan itself is taking things, its defense ministry today said its soldiers had held anti-landing drills on one in all its offshore islands near China. China itself last week staged a series of military exercises during which 19 jets crossed the median line, which runs down the Taiwan Straits.
The drills were seen as a transparent message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who was hosting a visit from US Under Secretary of State for the process, Energy, and also the Environment in an exceedingly very move which has enraged Beijing.
Speaking yesterday, Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, told reporters: “The island’s ruling Democratic organization has disregarded the safety and well-being of Taiwan compatriots in its efforts to secede and fan the flames of confrontation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
“This scheme for secession has damaged peace and stability within the Taiwan Straits, and it’s doomed to fail.
“If Taiwan separatist forces dare to aim Taiwan’s secession under any circumstances, we’ll do whatever it takes to thwart their efforts.”
Tan was speaking after Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, said there was no such thing as a “median line”, dismissing the concept joined which had been created by the US military within the mid-20th century, raising the ominous prospect of further encroachment.
Separately, Su Xiaohui, deputy director of the China Institute of International Studies, told China Central Television that the US and Taiwan separatists are changing the establishment and “tipping the scale” within the region toward their goal of separating the island from China.
He said: “Some Taiwan separatists and US strategists have grown complacent and believed the arbitrary ‘median line’ may well be a line that China dare not cross. they’re sorely mistaken.
“China’s official rejection of the existence of the ‘median line’ will shatter the illusion that the PLA doesn’t have the potential or the need to conduct routine exercises within the region and reunify the country by force.”
Also, reproof CCTV, military commentator Song Xiaojun, a military commentator for China Central Television, warned: “If the case within the Taiwan Straits keeps deteriorating, China may take more extensive, necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty.”
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the drills to repel a landing happened on the Matsu archipelago, which lies just offshore the Chinese city of Fuzhou.
In a post on its Facebook page, it said: “Whether the engine of a fighter plane or the rumbling of artillery, it is a reassuring sound for the national army that’s defending the homeland.”
The drills happened across the archipelago involving the employment of cannons and machine guns, the ministry said, within the midst of images of the exercises.
The ministry added: “Please give the most effective applause to those officers and soldiers!
“Be our strongest backers!”
Taiwan has held Matsu, along with Kinmen further down the coast, since defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan in 1949 at the tip of the Chinese war.
When Taiwan and China last clashed in 1958 it had been around the two islands, with Chinese forces concluding over a month of bombardments, including naval and air battles.
Today the islands are popular tourist destinations, although Taiwan maintains a sizeable military presence.
Both are thought to be likely targets for the Chinese invasion in any war with Taiwan due to their closeness to China.