China Flexes Military Muscle Near Taiwan After U.S. Ups Effort to Make Island a 'Porcupine'
NDAA earmarks billions in weapons for Taiwan, but The Trends Journal maintains its forecast that the U.S. would not intervene in a military conflict.
Beijing launched 71 warplanes and sailed seven ships toward Taiwan in a 24-hour span beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday that included some of its top fighters and drones.
A spokesman from the Chinese military issued a statement online that said the live-firing drill was a direct response to “escalating collusion and provocation by the U.S. and Taiwan.” Beijing did not elaborate.
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Taiwan’s military said the exercise included J-10, J-11, J-16 fighter jets, and drones. Taipei said 47 jets crossed the median line, an unofficial boundary in the Taiwan Strait, NBC News reported.
White House’s National Security Council called the exercise a provocation that risked destabilizing the regional peace and stability.
Su Tzu-yun, a security analyst at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research in Taipei, told The New York Times that such a “large-scale action is, of course, a response to President Biden’s signing of the act.”
“This pattern will likely continue,” Su said.
The Trends Journal has reported extensively on how the Biden administration wants to arm Taiwan to the teeth so it can withstand a Chinese invasion.
the U.S. Congress passed a military spending bill that would provide Taiwan with a historic amount of funding for weapons in an effort to repel a Chinese invasion.
The NDAA provides Taiwan with as much as $10 billion in financing and grants for weapons over five years.
Mark Montgomery, a retired admiral, told The Wall Street Journal last week that the support, when implemented, could give Taipei the firepower to forestall potential aggression from China and allow U.S. forces to get into position to defend the island.
He told the paper that the bill goes far beyond the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.
Montgomery, who works at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the paper that the U.S. is signaling to Taiwan that it is going to help the country “pay for weapons, stow weapons for you to access, give you presidential drawdown authority from U.S. stocks, and work together to plan and exercise.”
Defense Department officials told the WSJ that Beijing hopes to acquire military capabilities that would allow it to launch an attack or invasion of Taiwan by 2027. They said the fear of China’s invasion is that Beijing would gain a major foothold in the region and push out American forces.
The 4,440-page $857.9 billion National Defense Authorization Act also includes $2 billion for Ukraine from the State Department’s Foreign Military Finance grant assistance from 2023 to 2027 and another $2 billion in loans to purchase U.S. weaponry.
The sitting U.S. president will also have the authority to develop a “regional contingency stockpile” that can include up to $100 million in ammunition.
TREND FORECAST: Despite these grandstanding visits and vows of support, we forecast that just as Beijing has clamped down on Hong Kong protests and taken full control, so, too, will they take control of Taiwan when they are ready.
Despite condemnations when they do so, there will be no military forces from other nations that will challenge Communist China’s military might. Indeed, America, with the largest military in the world, has not won a war since World War II and cannot even win against third-world nations, such as Afghanistan, after invading that nation some 20 years ago.
Again, should war break out between China and Taiwan, we forecast the Taiwanese military will not aggressively fight back, since doing so would result in millions of deaths and mass destruction.
We have pointed to numerous articles that explain Taiwan is simply no match for the much larger and more deadly Chinese military. China spends 25 times the amount Taipei does on its defenses. China also has a hundred times as many ground-force troops as the island.
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Still as League of Nations did not prevent war with Japan U.N. might not with China by building up U.N. peace keeping presence via American citizens. If no one else that National Dedebce Authorization can apply to you through IRS though might thought otherwise as power derived from individual not structures or symbols is something not so clear to governments abd corporations or police.