A Chinese official said this week that the rising number of Chinese flights in areas around Taiwan is a direct response to “collusion” between the US and Taiwan, making clear Beijing’s motives for its stepped-up military activity.
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said that recent drills conducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are a “solemn warning against Taipei’s increased provocation, which damaged peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
Ma said that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has “recently intensified military collusion with the US.”
The PLA held major drills around Taiwan on December 25th in response to President Biden signing the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes unprecedented military aid for Taiwan. The bill allocates $2 billion in loans for Taipei to purchase US-made weapons each year until 2027.
Since Washington severed formal diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979, the US has always sold weapons to Taiwan but has never financed the deals. China hawks in Congress say the aid is needed to deter China from invading, but Beijing’s actions make it clear that more US support for Taipei will make war more likely.
In 2022, PLA flights in areas around Taiwan nearly doubled as the US stepped up support for Taiwan. Many of the flights came after former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visited the island in August despite strong warning against the move from Beijing. Since her trip, China now regularly crosses the median line that separates the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial barrier Chinese warplanes used to avoid.
New US support for Taiwan continues as a trade delegation led by an assistant US trade representative is set to arrive on the island this Saturday. Ma reiterated that Beijing is “opposed” to the trade talks, which Beijing views as an affront to the one-China policy.
12 thoughts on “China Says Its Increased Military Activity a Response to US-Taiwan ‘Collusion’”
It warms my heart… The thought of possibly going to war for our support of Taiwan… It’s just a lousy arms deal…..
We’re pulling the same bullshit we did re Ukraine. But hey, the American voters are stupid sheep who will salute the flag whenever our corrupt political class wrap themselves in it.
The U.S. Gov’ment is still believing and acting in accordance with the Wolfowitz Doctrine that the U.S. is the indispensable nation and seeks to eliminate any country that could challenge its ‘supremacy’. Unfortunately, there are more than enough Neocons in positions of power including many Zionists that want to carry it out regardless of the consequences.
The public is too divided by the culture war issues. The average voter prefers partisan confirmation bias, not objectivity.
If anyone sees any signs of WWIII, please feel free to let us know.
I’m exhausted repeating myself.
hahaha…… You are very facetious….
Seems to me a huge majority of folks in Taiwan want to normalize relations with the mainland based on the fairly recent election. Does the US government respect the will of the people ? Hell no, bombs away, let’s make peace another day. Is there any so called democracy that respects the will of its people ? Tens of thousands in the streets in many places protesting today’s war mongers and does it make a difference ? You tell me.
Makes you wonder what’s even the point of having elections in developing countries, if the US Empire can coup you if they don’t like the results?
China must do everything in its power to undermine, and thwart a US terror agenda against China using Taiwan as a bulwark. If push comes to shove, a blockade will be very necessary. The US political class endangers all of Us with its serial delusions, and push for constant conflict.
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