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US says it will ‘take action’ if Taiwan is attacked

Foreign Minister Blinken said that the US and its allies would “take action” if China used force to change the status quo on Taiwan, but did not give details.

“There are many countries inside and outside the region that consider any unilateral action to use force to disrupt the status quo as a serious threat to peace and security,” Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said yesterday when asked if the United States could participate in defending Taiwan if the island is attacked by mainland China or not.

“They, like the US, will take action if that happens,” he added, without specifying what action the country and its allies would take in a scenario where China attacks Taiwan.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a meeting at the headquarters of the US State Department on November 8. Photo: Reuters.

Blinken’s remarks come ahead of an online summit between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which is expected to take place next week. This will be the first meeting between US and Chinese leaders since Biden took office.

US President Donald Trump caused a stir last month when he announced that he was ready to help Taiwan defend itself if mainland Chinese troops attacked the island. This goes against the long-standing US policy of “strategic ambiguity”, in which Washington helps build Taiwan’s self-defence capacity, but does not promise to support the island’s defenses, in order to avoid angering North Korea. Terrible.

China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and vowed to use force if necessary. Recently, the Chinese military has continuously increased military pressure on Taiwan by traditional and non-traditional means. In addition to flights close to the island with a record high number of aircraft, the Chinese military also conducted many landing drills in the area near Taiwan.

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North Korea criticizes US over Taiwan issue

North Korea says the US is “foolishly interfering in the Taiwan issue” by providing military support and sending warships through the strait.

North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-ho today criticized the US military activities in the Taiwan Strait, saying Washington is “foolishly intervening in the situation” and will affect the sensitive situation in the world. Korean peninsula.

“The US uses its forces and bases in South Korea to put pressure on China. The strong army of the US and its allies can launch a military operation against North Korea at any time,” Mr. Pak argued.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister said the military presence of “hostile forces” was based on “a bad conjecture” that Beijing and Pyongyang would cause trouble in the Taiwan Strait, the Korean peninsula. “This fact shows that the US wants to strangle our country and China to maintain its dominant position,” he said.

US Coast Guard ships and destroyers pass through the Taiwan Strait on October 23. Photo: USCG.

Pak’s remarks were carried by North Korean state media on the same day that US special envoy Sung Kim arrived in South Korea to seek to restart negotiations with Pyongyang in the future.

President Joe Biden said on October 21 that the US would support Taiwan’s defense if Chinese troops attacked the island. This runs counter to the long-held US policy of “strategic ambiguity”, in which Washington helps build self-defense capabilities for the island of Taiwan but does not promise to support the island’s defense to avoid angering Beijing. .

The White House later insisted Washington remained unchanged in its policy towards Taipei. “The United States’ defensive relationship with Taiwan remains in compliance with the Taiwan Relations Act,” a White House spokesman said.

China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and vowed to use force if necessary. The Chinese military has recently continuously increased military pressure on Taiwan by traditional and non-traditional means. In addition to flights close to the island with a record number of aircraft, the Chinese military also conducted many landing exercises to occupy the coast near Taiwan.

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China continuously increases military aircraft close to Taiwan

The Chinese military on October 2 dispatched 39 aircraft including fighter jets and reconnaissance aircraft close to Taiwan, breaking the record a day earlier.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the formation of the largest Chinese military aircraft ever divided into two waves close to the island on October 2.

The first wave took place during the day with 14 J-16 fighters, 4 Su-30 fighters and two Y-8 anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft. These 20 aircraft flew in the waters between Taiwan and the Dongsha Islands controlled by Taipei, then returned to the mainland.

The second round of close combat took place at night with 12 J-16 fighters, 6 Su-30 fighters and one KJ-500 early warning aircraft. 18 fighters operated in the area between Taiwan and Dongsha islands and returned, in which the J-16 fighter group flew farther than the Su-30. KJ-500 early warning aircraft operating near the Dongsha Islands controlled by Taipei.

Taiwan’s Self-Defense Force sent fighter jets to respond and warn Chinese military aircraft, and activated anti-aircraft missile complexes to monitor.

This close encounter broke the record for the number of military aircraft operating near the island of Taiwan with 38 aircraft taking place the day before, on the occasion of China’s national day. The number of aircraft close to Taiwan on October 1 was also divided into two waves day and night.

J-16 fighter belonging to China’s Eastern Theater Command prepares to take off during a training session in February 2019. Photo: PLA.

China’s Ministry of National Defense has not commented on the record-breaking operation. Previously, the agency affirmed that the attacks on the island of Taiwan were aimed at protecting the country’s sovereignty and targeting “collusion” between the island’s officials and the US, Taiwan’s most important supporter. .

To Trinhchang, head of the Taiwan Institute of Public Administration, on October 2 criticized Chinese military aircraft’s close encounters as “harmful to peace” in the region and as “bullying behavior”. Mr. To said that the international community is increasingly unable to “accept Beijing’s behavior”.

China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. The Chinese military holds many drills around Taiwan with state-of-the-art equipment, and repeatedly sends military aircraft close to the island.

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Chinese warships appeared near where Taiwan tested the missile

Two mainland Chinese naval vessels operated near the Lan Tu archipelago while the Taiwanese defenders conducted missile tests.

The Zhongshan Institute of Science and Technology of the Taiwan Self-Defense Force held two missile tests at the Rescue Base in Pingtung District, April 7-9 and April 13-16. The agency announced the test took place in waters off southeastern Taiwanese islands, but did not announce the reasons and types of weapons used.

When the test was about to begin, two Chinese military ships appeared in the area, one of which operated about 66 km from the southwest coast of Lan Tu island at 5:00 am on April 8 (4 o’clock Hanoi). . A source in the Taiwan defense said this could be a reconnaissance ship of the PLAN’s Nanhai Fleet.

A Chinese naval destroyer was in waters about 130 km from the east coast of Lan Tu Island, moving northward before disappearing from the Taiwanese defenses’ radar, the source said.

Taiwan’s Tian Cung III anti-aircraft missile leaves its launch pad in a test. Image: NCSIST.

Major General Su Thuan Van, a spokesman for the Taiwan defense agency, did not give details and the Chinese warships’ operations in the area. General Su said the Taiwan defense “is closely monitoring the activities of Chinese military aircraft and ships”, asserting that “the current situation is normal”.

A former expert from the Zhongshan Institute of Science and Technology said the Taiwan defense could fire the Thunderbolt-2000 long-range jet artillery during the April 7-9 test, then test the anti-aircraft missile. Thien Cung III April 13-16.

The Taiwanese defense’s arms test comes as the Chinese carrier-group Liaoning warfare takes place on the east side of the island. 15 Chinese military aircraft on April 7 also overwhelmed Taiwan from the west.

Experts say that this is the exercise demonstrating China’s intention to “tighten the grip” to surround Taiwan island from two directions, and at the same time broadcast a warning signal to the island and the US.

The Taiwan Self-Defense Forces area held missile and jet artillery tests (in yellow).  Graphics: CSIS.

The Taiwan Self-Defense Forces area conducted missile and jet artillery tests (yellow). Graphics: CSIS.

China has always considered Taiwan a province waiting for reunification, even by force if necessary. The Chinese military repeatedly dispatched aircraft to overwhelm Taiwan, the largest deployment took place on March 26 with 20 participating aircraft, marking a significant escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait area. .

Taiwan’s foreign agency leader Wu Chieu Tiep said at a news conference on April 7 warning of the danger of mainland China launching an attack on the island. “There is no question, we are ready to defend ourselves and will resist to the end if we need to fight. If we need to defend until the last day, we will do that,” said Ngo.

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Taiwan rehearses to fire real bullets on disputed islands

The Taiwan Coast Guard held a live-fire drills on the Dongsha archipelago, while tensions with mainland China escalated.

The Taiwanese Coast Guard on March 1 warned that ships and aircraft would not enter the “danger zone” 8 nautical miles wide, with a maximum height of 3,600 meters around the Dongsha archipelago during the period from 8:00 to 21:00 practice to shoot real bullets here. A real fire drill is scheduled to take place on March 9 with the same time frame.

These are two of the exercises planned by the Taiwan Coast Guard. The exercises are held amid escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait, when the Chinese army almost every day sends military aircraft to the island or fly over the Dongsha archipelago. , which is controlled by the forces of Taipei.

The Dongsha Islands are controlled by Taiwan. Image: CNA.

The Dongsha Islands, 450 km from Kaohsiung, are one of the features in the South China Sea controlled by Taiwan, but mainland China also claims sovereignty over the islands.

Since 2000, Taiwan has deployed police stationed in the Dong Sa archipelago. In 2020, the Taiwan defense agency said it had deployed Marines to a short-term garrison on the Dongsha Islands while the Chinese army held exercises in the area.

The Taiwanese defense force at that time did not disclose the number of marines or when they arrived or left the Dongsha archipelago. A Taiwanese defense official said this group of Marines is tasked with enhancing the defensive capabilities and equipment maintenance and logistics skills for the coast guard stationed in Dongsha.

Dong Sa archipelago location (marked in red).  Graphics: Google.

Dong Sa archipelago location (marked in red). Graphics: Google.

China has always considered Taiwan a part of territory awaiting reunification, claiming to use force if necessary. The Chinese army held many state-of-the-art exercises in the Taiwan Strait. Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman Wu Khiem on February 28 warned that the independence of Taiwan island “means war”.

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Beijing experts criticize Taiwan rockets ‘useless’

Mainland Chinese military experts believe that Taiwan’s Van Kiem missile is not capable of striking targets as designed.

Taiwanese media reported that an island’s fighter on 11/11 successfully launched the Van Kiem, a cruise missile model believed to be capable of hitting targets on the southeast coast of mainland China. The Van Kiem missile is developed by the Zhongshan Institute of Science and Technology of Taiwan, reaching a maximum range of 200 km.

However, the Global Times, a newspaper belonging to People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, on November 15, published an article citing Chinese military experts that Taiwan’s Van Kiem missile could not gaining combat capabilities as the island media reported.

Wei Dong Xun, a military expert in Beijing, said that the Taiwan missile uses part of the American design, which can be used as a long-range weapon against amphibious operations or proactive attacks. public military facilities of the enemy.

“While it could pose a potential threat, this missile is still easy to defeat. Taiwan’s operational capabilities are not outstanding,” Wei said. “With the vast early warning system and mainland China’s ability to gain air superiority, Taiwan fighters will be destroyed before they can launch their missiles.”

This expert said that if the Taiwanese fighter could launch some Van Kiem missiles before being destroyed, these missiles would also become useless because they could be shot down by the PLA’s air defense. due to flying at low speeds, it is easy to be detected by radar and target.

The Van Kiem missile is on display at the Taiwan air defense base in Penghu, September 22. Image: CNA.

Some Chinese experts say that the Van Kiem missile is actually a cluster bomb, a PLA weapon that possesses better technology. China develops a variety of cluster bombs, some with export variants, and has introduced them several times in air shows.

Chinese media in mid-August introduced the smart bomb Thien Loi 500, which could carry 6 different sub-bombs with a number of up to 240, capable of bombarding an area of ​​more than 6,000 square meters. Chinese experts say that only one Thien Lei 500 is enough to neutralize an airport, but Western experts are skeptical of the weapon’s capabilities.

Taiwan has tested missiles several times over the past months amid escalating tensions between the strait. The PLA then sent many military aircraft and naval ships to Taiwan, prompting the island to deploy fighter jets several times in response.

Taiwan Strait Area.  Graphics: Google.

Taiwan Strait Area. Graphics: Google.

China has always considered Taiwan a part of territory awaiting reunification, even by force. Beijing recently increased military pressure on the island of Taiwan, repeatedly holding large-scale drills around the island with the most modern equipment in service.

Taiwan has recently spent tens of billions of dollars buying new American weapons to improve defenses, including F-16 fighters, ground-launched Harpoon missiles, and many other weapons. China has repeatedly criticized the US for approving the sale of weapons to Taiwan, claiming “will take necessary measures” to protect sovereignty.

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Carrie Lam postponed her speech because she received instructions to go to Beijing to meet

Hong Kong leaders announced the postponement of their annual policy speech after receiving instructions to go to Beijing to meet with government officials.

Hong Kong Special Zone Chief Carrie Lam today announced a key annual speech scheduled to take place on October 14, which outlines the government’s plans for the city, that will be moved to the end of November. was the first time the chief executive’s speech was postponed in Hong Kong history.

The delay was announced two hours after Chinese media reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping will preside over the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic and Trade Zone, bordering Hong Kong, at the same time she Lam expected to speak.

However, Ms. Lam asserted that the main reason for the delay was her attendance at meetings in Beijing later this month on the development of the Greater Bay Area, a plan to integrate Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen and 8. southern Chinese city into a center of finance and technology. This plan is seen as the key economic motivation to accelerate the recovery of Hong Kong and China.

Hong Kong Special Zone Chief Carrie Lam at a weekly press conference on October 6. Image: AFP.

“I have submitted proposals for the government to consider and they have responded positively with the suggestion that since the proposals include many subjects, it is best for the chief of the special zone to come to Beijing and personally explain at Why are these measures important to Hong Kong “, Ms. Lam said.

Ms. Lam reaffirmed that was the real reason for the speech delay and no meeting was scheduled between her and Mr. Xi in Shenzhen.

Hong Kong is governed by the “One Country, Two Regimes” model, allowing the city to maintain a degree of autonomy and certain rights over mainland China. However, the massive protests lasted for months last year prompted Beijing to step up its regulatory measures.

Beijing in June enacted a national security law for the special zone, which criminalizes a series of political crimes. The law also allows mainland security personnel to operate publicly in the city for the first time, as well as giving Beijing jurisdiction over particularly serious cases.

The Chinese government has always supported Ms. Lam, although her credit rating in Hong Kong is quite bleak. Businesses in the city will carefully follow the upcoming speech of Ms. Lam.

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