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China threat 'increasing' as Xi Jinping's army 'is preparing for war' says Taiwan minister

Speaking to PBS reporter Nick Schifrin, the minister suggested Beijing is “forcing” other countries to cut ties with Taiwan.

He told the programme he believes “they are also trying to cut off Taiwan from the international society”, suggesting Beijing wants Taiwan out of the World Health Organisation and other bodies.

Mr Wu then added: “They are forcing other countries not to have official contact with us. And, moreover, Chinese are also engaging in cognitive warfare.

“They use cyberattack, disinformation, and something similar to disrupt the democratic process here in Taiwan, to create a conflict in between the government and the society, or to create a distrust between Taiwan and our major ally, which is the United States.”

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China warns 'too weak' Australia to stay out of Taiwan or be one of 'first to be hit'

Beijing’s Communist Party mouthpiece, Global Times, lashed out against the country with a warning not to interfere with their Taiwan affairs or they would be “among the first to be hit.” The warning follows the completion of a joint military drill in the South China Sea which saw Australia involved in friendly war game exercises with Japan, the US and France.
In a scathing article, Global Times said: “The People’s Liberation Army doesn’t even need to make pointed responses to the joint drill since it’s insignificant militarily.

“Australia’s military is too weak to be a worthy opponent of China, and if it dares to interfere in a military conflict for example in the Taiwan Straits, its forces will be among the first to be hit.”

The ARC21 war game exercises held in the South China Sea practiced anti-aircraft defence, amphibious assaults and urban warfare.

The drill follows a series of comments made by Australian senator, Jim Molan, who proposed that Australia may be able to deter China from further acts of aggression by deploying “significant forces into the region.”

Senator Molan made the comments after predicting that China may invade Taiwan “sooner rather than later.”

Global Times continued: “Australia must not think it can hide from China if it provokes.

“Australia is within range of China’s conventional warhead-equipped DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile.”

Tensions between Beijing and Canberra have escalated over the past year as China introduced nearly $ 20 billion in tariffs together with bans on exporting against Australia.

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China has claimed over 90 per cent of the South China Sea as its own territory.

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WW3: US and China stood on brink of nuclear armageddon over 1958 Taiwan conflict – report

The Government papers also showed that the US military’s top brass expected Soviet retaliation and millions of deaths. The top-secret 1966 study was disclosed by Daniel Ellsberg, 90, who shot to fame in 1971, after leaking the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War to the US media. The Cold War crisis was triggered when Communist China began an artillery bombardment of islands in the Taiwan Straits controlled by Chiang Kai-shek’s forces.
Chiang Kai-shek was the nationalist leader of the Republic of China and had retreated to Taiwan in 1949 after being forced out from the mainland by Mao’s Communists during the Chinese civil war.

The leaked report shows that General Laurence Kutner, the top air force commander in the Pacific, pressed for a nuclear strike against China.

He argued that the US military should target airfields to make it harder for “misguided” opponents of nuclear conflict to object on humanitarian grounds.

However, the report authors paraphrase General Nathan Twining, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claiming that there would be “no alternative but to conduct nuclear strikes . . . as far north as Shanghai”, should the airfield bombings prove insufficient.

General Twining admitted that the USSR was likely to retaliate with its own nuclear strikes against Taiwan and US forces based on the Japanese island of Okinawa

He stressed that this would be a price worth paying, according to the report.

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Mr Ellsberg told the New York Times that he had made a copy of the report in the early 1970s.

He said: “As the possibility of another nuclear crisis over Taiwan is being bandied about this very year, it seems very timely to me to encourage the public, Congress and the executive branch to pay attention to what I make available to them.”

China maintains that Taiwan has no right to independence and that it will be reunified with the mainland either peacefully or by force.

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China menace: Risks at ‘all-time high’ with Taiwan invasion ‘only a matter time’- expert

Taiwan: Foreign Minister warns of ‘military assault’ from China

The document was published on Wednesday by the China Cross-Strait Academy, a Hong Kong-based think tank led by Lei Xiying, a committee member of the Communist Party-backed All-China Youth Federation. Using several factors including military strength, trade relations, public opinion, political events and support from allies, its stark conclusion is that the two sides are “on the brink of war”, with the risk put at 7.21 for 2021, on a scale of minus 10 to 10.

Using the same criteria, researchers concluded that in the 1950s, when the anti-communist nationalist forces fled from the mainland to Taiwan, the index was lower, at 6.7.

The figure fell in the 1990s, but began increasing after the turn of the Millennium, when the Democratic Progressive Party took power, replacing the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang, which had ruled for 55 years.

Lei characterised the shift in relations between Taiwan and Beijing, and Washington’s increasing engagement with the autonomous island, which China nevertheless regards as part of its territory, as “destructive factors” increasing the risk of conflict.

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PLA soldiers during military drills in China last week (Image: GETTY)

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Tanks on exercise in China (Image: NC)

He warned: “If the current trend continues Beijing’s unification of Taiwan by force will only be a matter of time.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Lim John Chuan-tiong, a former researcher at Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, stopped short of describing tensions as being worse than in the 1950s.

However, he added: “But considering the explosive situation now, huge uncertainties and the stakes involved if anyone makes a wrong judgment or a wrong move, it is not wrong to say that the risk level across the Taiwan Strait is at an unprecedented high level.

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China’s military might in numbers (Image: Express)

“Beijing used to believe that as long as Sino-US relations are under control, Taiwan will not be a problem.

“But Sino-US relations took a nosedive under Trump and there are no signs of improvement now with the Joe Biden administration, which is relying more on allies like Taiwan to contain China.”

In a clear illustration of the ongoing tensions in the region, on Wednesday China accused the United States of threatening the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait after a US warship again sailed through the sensitive waterway which separates Taiwan from its giant neighbour.

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Xi Jinping, China’s President (Image: GETTY)

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Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan (Image: GETTY)

The US Navy’s 7th Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Tuesday in accordance with international law.

A spokesman insisted: “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”

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South China Sea mapped (Image: Express)

However, a spokesman for China’s Eastern Theatre Command said: “The US actions sends the wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces, deliberately disrupting the regional situation and endangering peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

Chinese forces had tracked and monitored the ship throughout its voyage, he added.

China believes Taiwan’s democratically elected government is pushing for a formal declaration of independence for the island, a red line for Beijing which experts predict would trigger a full-scale invasion.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says they are already an independent state called the Republic of China, its formal name.

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Taiwan is separated from mainland China by the narrow China strait (Image: GETTY)

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the U.S. ship had sailed in a southerly direction through the strait and the “situation was as normal”.

The US Navy has been conducting such operations every month or so.

The United States, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan but is its most important international backer and a major seller of arms.

Military tension between Taiwan and Beijing have spiked over the past year, with Taipei complaining of China repeatedly sending its air force into Taiwan’s air defence zone.

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Netflix criticized by Chinese online over use of Taiwan flag

Netflix joins a growing list of companies that have been attacked online in China over Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, human rights and other politically charged issues.

BEIJING, China — Chinese nationalism on the internet has a new target: Netflix and its popular Thai drama “Girl from Nowhere.”
Comments online Wednesday complained the series’ Facebook page showed the flags of Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by the ruling Communist Party as part of its territory, and of Hong Kong, where the party is trying to crush pro-democracy activism.
Netflix joins a growing list of foreign retailers, airlines, hotels and other companies that have been attacked online in China over Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, human rights and other politically charged issues.
Some comments complained the flags show support for “splitting China,” or promoting formal independence for self-ruled Taiwan. The flags, with the those of Singapore and other markets, appear beside “Thank You” in local languages for the series’ popularity. The advertisement says nothing about whether they represent countries.
“This is a (profanity) split!” said a comment signed Tang Sugar Sugar Tang 123 on the popular Sina Weibo social media service. “Does China need to say thank you for this? Bah! This is a blatant split!”
“Nanno I like you a lot, but sorry, you crossed my line. Goodbye,” said another comment on Sina Weibo signed Huadu, referring the series’ main character. “Think clearly about what kind of country China is before getting benefits from us.”
Netflix didn’t respond to questions left on its website.
The outcry highlights China’s unusual mix of nationalism and pervasive censorship.
The ruling party increasingly demands global companies conform in public to Beijing’s political positions, including on websites abroad that the ruling party’s internet filters block most people in China from seeing.
Facebook can be seen in China only by people with virtual private network software used to evade the filters.
“Girl from Nowhere” can be seen in China on bilibili.com, which allows users to upload their own videos. It doesn’t appear on other services that show movies and TV series approved by Chinese censors.
It wasn’t clear how many people have watched “Girl from Nowhere,” but Douban.com, a website where users leave reviews, says more than 60,000 people have commented on the first season and 30,000 on the second. The average rating is 8.4 points out of 10, which is unusually high.
The Global Times, a newspaper published by the ruling party, showed the offending advertisement on its website but that image didn’t appear on other Chinese sites or in the newspaper’s Chinese-language edition.
The ruling party says Taiwan must unite with the mainland and has threatened to invade if it tries to make its independence official. Beijing has menaced the island this year by sending fighters and bombers on flights close to and around Taiwan.
In Hong Kong, the party is trying to crush pro-democracy sentiment following protests that began in 2019. Advocates including tycoon Jimmy Lai, whose company publishes the pro-democracy Apple Daily tabloid, have been sentenced to prison.
In March, the ruling party lashed out at H&M, Adidas, Nike and other foreign retailers and shoe brands in an attempt to pressure them into rejecting reports of forced labor and other abuses in Xinjiang in China’s northwest.
State media called for a boycott of H&M after the ruling party’s youth wing publicized the Swedish retailer’s statement from early 2020 saying it no longer would use cotton from Xinjiang.
AP researchers Fu Ting in Bangkok, Chen Si in Shanghai and Yu Bing in Beijing contributed.

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Taiwan COVID-19 cases rise again, but not dramatically

Taiwan COVID-19 cases rise again, but not dramatically© Reuters. Soldiers in protective suits disinfect a metro station following a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in Taipei, Taiwan May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan reported 286 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a slight increase on the previous day that gave the health minister cause for a sliver of optimism that the situation was not dramatically worsening.

Having been held up as an example of how to stop the virus in its tracks, Taiwan has over the past two weeks reported a spiralling number of infections in the community, with 1,572 cases.

The latest daily tally was up on the 267 infections reported on Wednesday. There was also one new death, an elderly woman who lived on her own and had underlying health conditions, bringing the total death toll since the pandemic began to 15.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the percentage of confirmed cases was falling among people being tested in the capital, Taipei, and neighbouring New Taipei City, where the worst of the outbreak has been concentrated.

“At present, it seems like the trend is not deteriorating sharply,” he told a news briefing.

Taiwan is now in its second-highest COVID alert level and while restrictions on gatherings are in place and entertainment venues have been closed, has not gone into a total lockdown, though officials are encouraging people to stay at home.

The official Central News Agency said Taiwan’s parliament would be suspended for a week starting from Saturday, though some committee sessions have already been cancelled.

In another sign of hope for Taiwan, more than 400,000 new vaccines arrived on Wednesday via the COVAX sharing initiative for lower income countries, adding to the 300,000 it has already received though are rapidly running out.

Taiwan has ordered more than 20 million vaccines, a mixture of Moderna (NASDAQ:) Inc and AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:) Plc shots as well as domestically-developed vaccines that could start being given from July.

Taiwan has only received AstraZeneca shots so far, with less than 1% of its more than 23 million people vaccinated, after being caught up in global supply problems.

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War fears as China vows ‘punishment’ on Australia for Taiwan support -‘Long-range strikes’

Australia has a strong relationship with Taiwan, and backs the country’s independence from mainland China. In response, Beijing state media outlets have threatened to strike Canberra’s military bases as “punishment” for their support for Taiwan.
The Global Times, a Chinese state media outlet, has warned “Australian hawks” not to get involved with Taiwan.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the outlet, said: “I suggest China make a plan to impose retaliatory punishment against Australia once it militarily interferes in the cross-Straits situation.

“The plan should include long-range strikes on the military facilities and relevant key facilities on Australian soil if it really sends its troops to China’s offshore areas and combats against the PLA (People’s Liberation Army).”

The editor then added Beijing needs to send a strong message to “to deter the extreme forces of Australia” from “committing irresponsible actions”.

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Peter Dutton, Australian defence minister, has not ruled out a conflict with China over Taiwanese independence, but added he hopes the governments can maintain “good relations”.

Speaking to ABC’s Insiders: “China has been very clear about the reunification and that’s been a long-held objective of theirs. They have been very clear about that goal.

“People need to be realistic about the activity. There is militarisation of bases across the region.

“Obviously, there is a significant amount of activity and there is an animosity between Taiwan and China.”

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Recently, China’s National Development and Reform Commission said it would “indefinitely suspend” all activities under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue.

It followed Beijing suspending or imposing restrictions on Australian imports, such as coal, beef and timber.

The economic planning agency said it made the decision because Canberra’s “Cold War mindset and ideological discrimination” had disrupted cooperation.

Xie Maosong, a senior research at the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told the South China Morning Post: “Unlike other countries that have conflicts with China, Australia’s motives are ideological, and they think they can separate economic cooperation from ideological confrontation.”

Professor Joe Siracusa, Curtin University professor and political analyst, also warned Sky News Australia China merely has to blockade and disrupt sea lanes into Australia to deliver a sizeable blow.

He said it would mean Australia would “die a slow and lingering death” as the two nations have fallen out over good exports and Covid probes.

Prof Siracusa added: “No one’s going to invade Australia, no one’s going to be coming through the Sydney head with combat troops.

“All [China] is going to do is just choke Australia by blocking the sea lanes and communication and Australia will die a long lingering death.

“So it’s not going to be dramatic, on the other hand, Australia has an important role to play.

“Small to medium-size powers always have this ability to be interlocutors in the quarrels between the great powers.”

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Taiwan on alert for attack: China plans terrifying 'show of force' this summer

Beijing is preparing for actions that will mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on July 1. The Chinese military has announced it will use the centenary celebrations as an opportunity to “forge absolute loyalty” to the CCP and Chinese president Xi Jinping. Reunification with Taiwan is predicted to be one of the main focus points of the Chinese politburo’s patriotic celebrations.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Professor Steve Tsang, Director of the China Institute at SOAS University, said: “It is likely that Beijing will organise a show of force in the Taiwan Strait to mark the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party.

“But, I very much doubt that it will start an incident deliberately, as the risk of unintended escalation is high.

“Xi Jinping is a risk taker compared to his two immediate predecessors but he is not reckless.

“With the Biden Administration articulating a clear and strong commitment to Taiwan and the disparity between overall US and Chinese military might still significant, Xi is highly unlikely to want to get into a situation over Taiwan from which he will need to step back under American pressure.

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President Xi Jinping has made it one of his personal ambitions to take the island democracy of Taiwan under the control of the Communist Party that he presides over.

However, Taiwan has said they will defend their democracy to “the very end”.

Speaking to Sky News last week, Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, said China was “preparing for its final military assault” on the island democracy.

However, he claimed the government in Taipei would “defend ourselves to the very end.”

He added: “Taiwan happens to be on the frontline of China’s expansion of its authoritarian order.

“And if Taiwan is taken by China, I think the consequences will be global.”

Last month, the US spoke of “our deepening unofficial relationship” when referring to its relations with Taiwan.

In April US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said: “We have a serious commitment to Taiwan being able to defend itself.

“It would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change that status quo by force.”

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