In another slash-busting offensive, China demanded that the United States sever military ties with Taiwan following reports that the Marines were helping the island strengthen its defenses against a possible Chinese invasion.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that “China will take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity” when asked on Friday about the reports, the Washington post reported.
Zhao added that the United States should recognize the “high sensitivity” of the issue and end military contacts with Taiwan, which the Chinese Communist Party claims to be part of its sovereign territory. Mainland authorities threatened to take control of the island by force if the government of Taiwan officially declared independence.
Amid intensifying Chinese aggression, the the Wall Street newspaper reported Thursday that a special operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been stationed in Taiwan for over a year to train the island’s military forces.
Officials said about two dozen U.S. special operations and support personnel train a small number of Taiwan’s ground forces, and the Marines are working with local maritime forces in training small boats.
The reported presence of US troops is symbolic of US efforts to support Taiwan against the impending forced unification of the CCP.
As the United States bolsters the island’s military defense apparatus, the clandestine operation strengthens the United States’ military ties with Taiwan, which has claimed de facto independence through sovereign autonomy from the regime. Communist.
Taiwan separated from China in 1949, but the Chinese totalitarian government regards the island as a “renegade state”. A formal declaration of independence from Taiwan could trigger the large-scale military takeover of the continent.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen did not acknowledge the case in a speech on Friday at the Yushan Military Forum in Taipei, but noted that developments in the Indo-Pacific were creating new tensions that “could have an effect. devastating to international security and the global economy if not handled with care. “
The backlash on Chinese social media was toned down on Friday, suggesting the discussion was censored online. The relative silence about Taiwan on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, has juxtaposed a whirlwind of nationalist commentators sharing the news of damage to a nuclear-powered US Navy submarine that collided with an object in the South China Sea, the Washington post reported.
Social media users who were able to post about Taiwan’s training program prompted Beijing to fight back, asking why China was “not fighting back” or calling for the island’s “liberation” by the People’s Army. liberation, the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the armed wing of the founding and leading political party of the PRC, the Communist Party of China.
Chinese State Affiliate World time editor Hu Xijin mocked Washington for sending only 24 troops without fanfare, instead of publicly establishing a base. “Roll the dice,” quipped the head of the nationalist tabloid. “See which will ultimately be stronger when it comes to the Taiwan question.”
The Chinese state-controlled magazine Naval and merchant ships published an article in July detailing a three-step plan to invade Taiwan, involving ballistic missiles, fighter jet attacks and amphibious landings on Taiwanese beaches.