On Tuesday, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) responded to US plans to provide Taiwan with $500 million in unprecedented military aid and reports that said hundreds of US troops have been deployed to the island, warning it will “firmly crush attempts at external interference.”
Taiwan’s defense minister recently said that Washington and Taipei are in talks about the US providing $500 million in “free” weapons. The arms will be sent using the Presidential Drawdown Authority, the same authority President Biden has been using to arm Ukraine, which allows him to ship weapons straight from US military stockpiles. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin confirmed on Tuesday that the Pentagon plans to send arms to Taiwan using the PDA soon.
Since Washington severed diplomatic relations with Taipei in 1979, the US has sold weapons to Taiwan but never provided them free of charge. Taiwanese media also recently reported that about 200 US troops have been deployed to Taiwan to assist in training, marking the largest known US military presence in Taiwan in decades.
According to a PLA press release, PLA spokesman Col. Tan Kefe said attempts “of the US side to turn back the wheel of history on the Taiwan question are absolutely intolerable.”
When asked about the aid and the troop deployment, Tan said the US has “the US has stepped up its military collusion with the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) authorities by strengthening military contacts and upgrading substantive relations between the two sides, which has shaken the foundation of the China-US relations and undermined the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
Tan said that the issue of Taiwan is the “first red line that must not be crossed in China-US relations,” something Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Biden when the two leaders met face-to-face in Bali last November. Beijing views Washington’s recent efforts to increase support for Taiwan as an affront to the US’s one-China policy.
Tan noted that Washington severing diplomatic relations with Taipei, ending its Mutual Defense Treaty with the island, and withdrawing troops were “the preconditions for the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US.”
He called on the US to stop increasing support for Taiwan and “reiterated that the Chinese PLA will continue to strengthen military training and combat readiness, firmly crush ‘Taiwan independence’ attempts and external interference in any form, and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Hawks in Washington argue the US must arm Taiwan “to the teeth” to prevent a Chinese invasion of the island. But Beijing’s rhetoric and actions demonstrate that Taiwan will be put under more military pressure in response to growing US-Taiwan ties.
For example, China launched its largest-ever military exercises in August 2022 in response to then-House Speaker visiting Taiwan. In April of this year, the PLA conducted similar drills after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy hosted Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in California.
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If true, this is just another clear indication that Biden’s has lost his marbles.
Biden lost his marbles years ago and isn’t in charge And you know that.
“US plans to provide Taiwan with $500 million in unprecedented military aid…”
This is all just junk dumped on a small island. A full scale invasion, like a tsunami, will wash away all military aid they receive. War pigs are just going about oinking their way to the bank to deposit their guberment checks.
The name of the game is not to prevent but to provoke war.
To make China fire the first shot and if it takes a Big Lie and a false flag op, then the US will do it – as it did in the Gulf of Tonkin so many decades ago.
The goal is to set the region on fire bringing down not only China but the entire vibrant East Asian system of economies.
That means huge damage and untold lives lost – not just in East Asia but throughout the world as the ramifications are felt.
This matters not one bit to the neocons who have been in control since late in the Clinton era.
Its not about going to war at all. Its about fleecing the government coffers of every last dollar.
There isn’t any money in the government coffers. Just more and more IOU’s.
But they don’t believe that, they know for sure, the government is a bottomless pit and there are tons of money to be had.
Yes, their “Thousand Yr Reich”.
But, Neocon rise begins with Reagan -Scoop Jackson’s aid Richard Perle, the “B team” at CIA, Cheney & Rumsfeld, …, pushing to rebuild the military after its destruction in Nam; its budget and materiel, and then gradually rebuilding operational competence: Granada, Panama, Central America. With GHWB they trying it out light-heavy with Somalia and then Iraq. Then Clinton in Yugoslavia, nso on; always building, warm-ups for the the Big Match with China. Only they’ve hit a snag, mistaking Putin for Palooka.
The Neocons have been in control since the Reagan era.
The tremendous suffering a war over Taiwan would bring not just to Taiwan and China, but to the world is incalculable. For just one industry – China makes all of the world’s electronics, Taiwan supplies most of the world’s chips needed for those electronics. When they go to the war, the world will literally not produce a single computer for the foreseeable future. There are countless other industries like this. The world economy would go into a deep recession with hyperinflation for any available product. The neocons would definitively not be able to keep this war from affecting ordinary American lives, even if we escape nuclear annihilation in the name of “liberating” an island full of ethnic Chinese people from…China.
“‘Absolutely Intolerable’: China’s Military Responds to US Military Aid for Taiwan, Troop Deployments” Really, China? What you’re gonna do about it? Hah? Draw another redline like the Russians? Our leaders are crazy mad men, women, and LGBTQIA2S+. Just call them “they” and they’re seriously coming to kick your a$$. We just sent another 200 military advisors to Taiwan. Remember the military advisors we sent to Vietnam? Are you not getting “provoked and justified” yet? Good. See you in hell with your puny 300 nuclear missiles. (Real bad sarcasm alert)
After the beating we took in Korea, we were very careful to avoid a confrontation with China while fighting in Vietnam. That was very wise, even before China’s industrial revolution.
You got to love Chinese pronouncements just for their colorful use of language alone.
What were they going to say?
“We don’t care”? “No biggie”?
“We are concerned and will provide you with considered reasonable points of why we are”?
The US economy is coming apart at the seams, and the end of the petrodollar and the dollar as the world’s reserve currency will only accelerate that. In a few years the ability of the United States to assert themselves around the world will be seriously impaired. All China and Russia need to do is take their sweet time. The US can print as much money as they want, but they can’t print the raw materials and tools and equipment and the skilled labor needed to achieve their objectives. The United States is destined to fail. That’s great news for the rest of the world.
War is what our government is all about. War is big business and very profitable. Because it is so profitable the politicians campaign non-stop permanently and fight each other for the job. And that is virtually all they do. To govern is not on their mind. They like to travel and not show up in office.
The CIA propaganda bots are up and running everywhere on Taiwan news stories. For all the talk about Russian interference in elections, we sure like to interfere in other country’s elections – even if they could bring disaster compared to ☮️
China needs to get friendly with Cuba and Venezuela and put troops there with missiles. Make it equal.
“‘Absolutely Intolerable’: China’s Military Responds to US Military Aid for Taiwan, Troop Deployments”
Next year there will be Presidential elections in Taiwan and the KMT party may win. They are in favor of unification; so that would be a horse of a different color.
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