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Chinese Military Rehearses Invasion of Taiwan, Island Officials Say

Chinese Military Rehearses Invasion of Taiwan, Island Officials Say

UK daily The Guardian: “Beijing on Saturday continued some of its largest-ever military drills around Taiwan – exercises seen as practice for a blockade and ultimate invasion of the island.”

Days after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, the Chinese military is rehearsing the invasion of Taiwan, the Taiwanese defense ministry claimed Saturday.

“Taiwan has accused the Chinese army of simulating an attack on its main island,” UK newspaper The Guardian reported. “Beijing on Saturday continued some of its largest-ever military drills around Taiwan – exercises seen as practice for a blockade and ultimate invasion of the island,” the daily noted.

Since Pelosi’s flew out of the country after a brief surprise trip on Wednesday, the Chinese battleships and warplanes have surrounded Taiwan and are holding live-fire drills at six difference areas around the island.

“China’s biggest-ever military drills around Taiwan have been taking place for a second day near the island,” the BBC reported Saturday. “Several Chinese vessels and aircraft have crossed the median line for a second day, Taiwan’s defence ministry says – this is the informal dividing line in the Taiwan Strait between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan,” the broadcaster added.

In recent days, the Chinese navy and air force have repeatedly carried out provocative maneuvers, breaching island’s maritime and air defense zones.

PLA Warplanes Violate Taiwan’s Air Defense Zone

On Saturday, the Taiwanese air force responded to a major incursion by Chinese warplanes. The Reuters reported:

Taiwan’s air force scrambled on Friday to warn away 18 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defence zone, Taiwan’s defence ministry said, part of what is a regular pattern of incursions that has angered the government in Taipei. (…)

The number of aircraft involved was well off the last large-scale incursion, 39 Chinese aircraft on Jan. 23, and since then, such fly-bys have been with far fewer aircraft.

The ministry said the latest mission included six Chinese J-11 and six J-16 fighters as well as two H-6 bombers. (…)

The bombers, accompanied by a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, flew to the south of Taiwan through the Bashi Channel which separates the island from the Philippines.

China Halts Military, Climate Talks With Biden Admin

In response to Pelosi’s Taiwan trip, China has suspended dialogue with the U.S. on issues ranging from military to Climate Change.

President Joe Biden’s Climate Czar John Kerry is apparently devastated by China’s decision to halt bilateral climate talks. By walking out of the bilateral climate dialogue, China is not only hurts the U.S., it “punishes the world,” Kerry lamented. “No country should withhold progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” he pleaded.

The NPR report Beijing’s decision to suspend talks with the Biden administration in key areas:

China declared Friday it was stopping all dialogue with the United States on major issues, from climate change to military relations, in a day of rapidly escalating tensions over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. The White House summoned China’s ambassador to protest what it called China’s “irresponsible” actions since the visit.

Sky News UK: ‘Taiwan surrounded as Chinese live-fire military drills take place’

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Time for us to hack into the Huawei chips their equipment relies on. If our weapons are compromised, so are theirs. Let’s see if we can make those missiles land right in Red Square. A few fighter jet collisions would be amusing too. The navy, meh. Built with the same spec tolerance as their dams and ghost city infrastructure so I expect things will start falling apart on their own.


     
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    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 6, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Don’t get TOO confident. There were all banner of stories about Japanese fighters made of bamboo as well. The Zero turned out to be quite the “bamboo” aircraft. And, as memory serves, Japanese torpedoes worked when ours did not.


       
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      Barry in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | August 6, 2022 at 11:12 pm

      “And, as memory serves, Japanese torpedoes worked when ours did not.”

      True. It was a couple years after the attack on Pearl before we got those straightened out.

      The Zero (AKA “Zeke”)was light and therefore fast and maneuverable. The Mitsubishi A6M was also the Navy type 0. Again, it would be a couple years before we turned the tide.

      So far, they are not rolling out any weapons we can’t match or exceed right now in quality nor in numbers. All they are revealing is how they want to fight that was. They are committed to the equipment they have with the technology they stole from and Russian weapons they bought and modified. That big aircraft carrier they rolled out two weeks ago has not indicated that they built the special jets that will be needed to make that carrier effective. Nor has it been confirmed that they can even launch them with their out-dated catapult technology.

      What they have built is a giant military that makes standard invasions prohibitively dangerous due to the number of soldiers. They haven’t accomplished any of their preliminary objectives of securing the island chains nor the Taiwan Straits so attacking Taiwan would be a very costly victory if they win. They would still be locked behind Taiwan and the island chains unable to project their naval power very far.

      We, on the other hand, are the source that stolen technology and have been blocking much of the new technology from them. They are still struggling to produce 4G cell phones while we have our 5G capability. We can only try to imagine the technology that is in reserve at sites like Area 51. It must be awesome.

      Our biggest advantages are robust innovation, unequaled ability to deploy and ramp up production very quickly, decades of battle experience, AND we get to fight the war WE want to fight as opposed to China which is prepared to fight a different war.

      Our biggest liability against China (and Russia) is that although we have the latest nuclear weapons and more of them than everyone else combined, by our moral values, no one “wins” a nuclear war. Our enemies, especially China whose population dwarfs ours, are willing to suffer massive carnage in “winning”. It will take a quick knock-out punch for us to “win”.

      So I get the point about Japan, but we saw what was coming and understood that Japan had no chance to win a prolonged war. The Japanese military (except for one) knew it too.

        Correction: ” All they are revealing is how they want to fight that WAR”.


         
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        Barry in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 7, 2022 at 4:05 pm

        “China whose population dwarfs ours, are willing to suffer massive carnage in “winning”.”

        Which is why you make sure the enemy leadership* knows you are always tracking them, always know their location, and are dedicated to making sure they die first and hardest. You make sure they know that one Balistic missle submarine is dedicated just to take down the leadership.

        *that includes the political leaders like Xi, and the military leaders. Get them all, and make sure they know that plan.


 
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Peabody | August 6, 2022 at 5:20 pm

On the plus side, invading Taiwan will show us what China’s weaknesses and vulnerabilites are.

We should respond by taking the opportunity to purge our country of all Chinese students/spies.


     
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    chrisboltssr in reply to Peabody. | August 7, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t know why this got three dislikes as watching another country go to war always allows opponents to view their tactics and it is beyond a shadow of a doubt we have Chinese spies operating in the US and most Chinese students are allowed to study here with the Communist Party’s blessing.


     
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    GWB in reply to Peabody. | August 8, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Why should we wait to expel them?


 
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Evil Otto | August 6, 2022 at 6:23 pm

And Taiwan can rehearse sending a few missiles into Three Gorges Dam and send the Chinese government a film of a good chunk of its farmland, finance, and manufacturing going under water. Y’know, since they’re just practicing.


     
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    TallDave in reply to Evil Otto. | August 8, 2022 at 10:06 am

    nah, that dam is the largest giant hunk of steel and concrete on Earth, you’d need a sustained bombing campaign or a series of nukes to collapse it

    and if you could do either of those, there are better targets

    in fact given Taiwan’s technical prowess CCP would have to be seriously concerned about a decapitation strike

    but Taiwan hardly needs deterrence given that they can mine the Strait

    anyways China is dependent on a massive trade surplus, people would be starving in the streets of Tier 3 cities long before the staging could even be completed

    Taiwan is safe even assuming the rest of the Rim never fires a shot in their defense


       
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      Barry in reply to TallDave. | August 8, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      You are correct, lobbing a few missiles at the dam will not do it. OTOH, that dam already has flaws, and it’s possible they can be exploited with the right expertise. And the Taiwanese have the right expertise as they have access to the experts in the US.

      But all that is ignoring the obvious, the chinese cannot mount an invasion of Taiwan, all they can do is cause the destruction of Taiwan.

Recall Pelosi’s visit to Syria and the Bashir Assad residence.. The east coast glossy-magazine media corp spent weeks massaging Assad and his wife “The Desert Rose,” as westernized Good People. Their well appointed living spaces immediately recognizable to the Manhattan penthouse cocktail crowd. Nancy shows up in Damascus wearing a headscarf – in full arse kissing mode. The last thing she would wear to a American Mennonite meeting in Los Angeles? A headscarf. So, yeah, arsekissing mode.

Point being – the glossy east coast cocktail crowd want something from Taiwan. Lots of very focused negative media attention on Mainland actors. When does that ever happen. Never? This sort of thing usually involves money – no huge surprise – Pelosi is, after all, The Queen of Graft.


 
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henrybowman | August 6, 2022 at 7:36 pm

How can you invade something you claim to already own?

More bluffing by the chinese. They are desperate. One old woman has handed the chinese a major defeat.


 
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Whitewall | August 7, 2022 at 9:10 am

China’s display is an intelligence gold mine for the DIA and other agencies around the world.

China is ALWAYS practicing an invasion of Taiwan. This isn’t really news, except to people with very short attention spans. They just make a show of it and remind everyone they’re doing it when they want people to get scared about Taiwan.


 
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TallDave | August 8, 2022 at 9:55 am

lol it’s a joke, an invasion is more likely to topple Beijing than Taipei

as soon as the staging began, China’s economy would collapse under sanctions

millions would be starving before the first boats were launched to deliver Chinese soldiers to the bottom of the Strait after encountering mines and missiles

meanwhile Japan and South Korea go nuclear

Taiwan is not only an OECD country, it’s the home of the irreplaceable, inimitable TSMC… if they can get their hands on material they’ll greet CCP with tactical nukes

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