World 'Prepare for War,' China Military Warns in New Propaganda Poster for Taiwan
China Furious Over U.S. Senators' Trip to Taiwan, Says It Could Embolden Separatist Forces
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that China "expresses strong dissatisfaction" about the visit by the three senators.During a recent press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that China "expresses strong dissatisfaction [about the visit] and has lodged a solemn representation," according to Channel News Asia (CNA).
Themilitary has released a flurry of pictures and videos showing battle-ready troops in training exercises as part of a new propaganda drive aimed at .
Articles published by the information arm of the's (PLA) 80th Group Army carried stark warnings for "splittists" and a poster reading "prepare for war." The campaign material was widely shared on Wednesday by users on China's popular social media services and .
China Nationalists Mock Government Inaction Over U.S. Senators' Taiwan Visit
China's state-owned media outlets were flooded with comments by unsatisfied Weibo users this week. This follows reports of the government's response to Sunday's visit to Taipei by three U.S. senators.Weibo, which boasts more than half a billion active monthly users, has become the breeding ground for an "especially toxic variant" of jingoism, which has left elements of the Chinese public with "high expectations" when it comes to Taiwan, one analyst told Newsweek.
Soldiers of the 80th Group Army, which is stationed in China's coastal Shandong province, were also seen taking part in a brigade swearing-in ceremony. Pictures showed uniformed soldiers lining up beneath a stage while carrying firearms.
The brigade swore to "obey all commands" and "fear no challenges," while also committing to "," according to the propaganda literature.
Among the social media posts prepared by the 80th Group Army's Political Work Department—responsible for gathering intelligence and influence operations—was a music video produced by Voice of the Strait, a collection of five PLA radio stations based in Fuzhou, Fujian province, broadcast especially for listeners in Taiwan.
China tests ‘carrier killer’ after threatening US over Taiwan contacts
Chinese forces tested their ability to deploy ballistic missiles designed to strike U.S. aircraft carriers, as Beijing raises the specter of an invasion of neighboring Taiwan in response to a recent visit to the island by three U.S. senators. © Provided by Washington Examiner “We have been holding night exercises on a regular basis recently, which usually continues until early the next day,” People’s Liberation Army Col. Jiang Feng said of the Tuesday drills, according to regional media.
The music video titled "Want to be a splittist? Listen here!" included footage of infantry, tanks and exploding rockets.
The performance was done in Mandarin and the Southern Min dialect, both of which are widely spoken in Taiwan, which the Chinese government claims as part of its territory despite having never governed it.
The otherwise pointed propaganda drive, however, may not have had Taiwanese citizens in mind as its primary audience. The unambiguous warnings and jingoistic imagery come amid a wave of domestic outcry targeting Taipei, and could be for the purposes of quelling dissatisfaction at home, according to the latest analysis.
This week, China's Foreign and Defense Ministries found their social media pages flooded with complaints of perceived inaction after the Taiwanese government received three U.S. senators in Taipei for a brief but high-profile visit on Sunday.
China Warplanes Swarm Around Taiwan After G7, NATO Talk up Threat
President Joe Biden attended G7 and NATO summits where leaders voiced concerns over Chinese policies in numerous sectors.Radio intercepts sent to Newsweek included at least 17 airborne warnings aimed at People's Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes. The warnings were broadcast by Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) radio operators between 5:48 a.m. and 10:43 a.m. local time, but the precise number of intruding aircraft remains unclear.
Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Chris Coons (D-DE) arrived in aC-17 troop transporter and announced the Biden administration's intention to donate 750,000 U.S.-made vaccine doses to Taiwan. Elements of the Chinese public viewed both gestures as .
On Tuesday, China's Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Wu Qian called the three-hour whirlwind visit a "political provocation." "Those who play with fire will be burned," he said in a familiar-sounding message to Taipei and Washington.
Wu made headlines following a January 28 press conference when he declared: "."
Other PLA elements also ramped up their information work in the days following the senators' Taipei visit.
On Monday, thereleased images of an , while an unidentified PLA Rocket Force brigade was reported Tuesday to have test-fired China's suspected nuclear-capable DF-26 rocket.
The US sent 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan - more than triple it initially pledged - as it deals with an unexpected outbreak .
Prior to Taiwan's May outbreak, its COVID-19 death toll was about a dozen. Now, more than 500 people have died of the disease.As the Associated Press reported Sunday, Taiwan had been relatively successful in staving off COVID-19 until May. Prior to May, just about a dozen people had died from the virus in Taiwan, but the death toll now sits at 538, according to data analyzed by Johns Hopkins University.