In the online news channel South China Morning Post, or rather in the likely online disinformation channel South China Morning Post, a Chinese retired air force general spoke about that the Chinese aren’t up to invading Taiwan sometime soon. According to SCMP, the air force general is ”seen as a hawkish voice in China”. This so called news flash was from the 4th of may in 2020. Well, they didn’t invade back then. Not that they didn’t want to, I am sure of that.
The article doesn’t sneak around the bushes unnecessarily much, though it does say that it is ”Too costly” to ”take back Taiwan by force”, which isn’t necessarily true. But the article also clearly stated somewhere in there that;
”His [the chinese air force general] remarks come amid rising nationalistic sentiment, with calls for Beijing to take action on the self-ruled island.”
What is unclear, as in a ’fog of war’, is of course that Qiao Liang [the air force general] says; ”the focus should be on achieving ‘a good life’ for all Chinese”. The truth is that the focus for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) right now is on achieving absolute control down to installing cameras in the peoples’ private toilet seats. I have read somewhere that the surveillance state in China, costs more money to keep going than the whole of PLA (Peoples Liberation Army), which includes the naval forces, the air force, the space force and the strategic forces.
So what do the CCP want? It started out as a simple territorial dispute. CCP claims that Taiwan is a part of China and that the name ’Taiwan’ is not the name of a state, that the name doesn’t exist even. They call Taiwan ”the self-ruled island”. Taiwan claims that China is actually a part of Taiwan for political reasons dating back to before Mao Tse Tung’s power grab. But it is actually the Taiwanese being cocky, as they are David in David and Goliath. Most likely the CCP aim to possess Taiwan’s and South Korea’s semiconductor industry. If they can achieve that, they will control at least three quarters of the semiconductor market around the world and they would have a great bargaining chip for the future. Or if they prefer they could beat the living daylight out of the US and Europe. In particular, it would mean that they won’t have to gather military strength in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, which isn’t in the cards for the CCP since they don’t have the reach with Naval forces right now. It doesn’t even appear as if they are aiming for that capacity at all. And therein lies the proof of their strategic goals. They are not going to stop with just invading Taiwan.
That is why Taiwan and Japan are forging a close alliance with economic implications as well as political implications. Taiwan as a country was like several other countries in east Asia occupied by Japan in World War II. But there was little internal resistance to the occupation. Taiwan probably had the most collaborators of any Japanese occupied territory in East Asia at the time. This mirrored the friendly relationship with Japan.
The gigantic Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer TSMC is planning to open up a division in Japan in 2023, to supply SONY with semiconductors. This is a giveaway which can only lead us to the conclusion that Japan is not to be duped. They know that Taiwan is so much more to the Chinese than just an incentive to retake a lost territory. Albeit, China has continuosly been sending the message to the US that their butt hurts, because it suits their agenda.
Japan is reportedly building a military base on the Japanese island of Ishigaki which is located less than 140 miles from Taiwan. What kind of base remains to be disclosed, but Japan will deploy both anti-ship missiles and air-defense missiles between the end of 2022 and March 2023. There are only three beach strips in taiwan that the Chinese military force PLA can do a beach landing at. But they can airdrop airborn troops and materiel and fly in ’special forces’ with helicopters.
Japan has no other choice than to play hardball. The CCP in Beijing seeks to coerce the whole region into submission and gobble up the whole trade route to the Persian Gulf, India and Europe.
Japan is reported to remove Taiwan from China map in defense white paper. (TAIWAN NEWS)
In a warning to China, Japan’s new strategy paper mentions Taiwan for the first time. (FORBES)
Japan’s depute defense minister says ’Taiwan must be protected as a democratic country’ (CNN)