World China Won't Dial Down Aggression, Taiwan Preparing for the Worst: Official
Taiwan War Games Simulate Chinese Biological and Chemical Attack
Taiwan's annual Han Kuang live-fire drills—scaled down due to the pandemic—will last through Friday and include both standing army and reserve mobilization.The 37th Han Kuang war games—already scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic—will involve the mobilization of both standing and select reserve forces. Drills will take place throughout Taiwan as well as on its outlying islands in the Taiwan Strait.
does not expect to soften its aggressive diplomacy even after secures an unprecedented third term as leader in fall 2022, an official in charge of cross-strait affairs has said.
Some analysis in Taiwan hasof seeing a more toned-down approach by Beijing after Chinese General Secretary Xi overcomes leadership contenders and retains his position as the nation's paramount leader during the party's 20th National .
China Sends Warplanes Near Taiwan During Suspected Weapons Tests Around Island
People's Liberation Army spokesperson said warplanes and warships were deployed around southern Taiwan for a combined arms exercise on Tuesday.Shi Yi, a spokesperson for the PLA's Eastern Theater Command, said Chinese forces took part in "live-fire assault" drills, among other training activities, in the seas and skies off southwest and southeast Taiwan.
"We can always hope for the best, but we sure need to prepare for the worst," said Chiu Chui-cheng, deputy minister at the Mainland Affairs Council in Taipei.
Appearing via video link at an event hosted on Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank, Chiu said the opposite could be true.
"Today's China is a regime that does not shy away from showing its ambition and intention," Chiu told Jude Blanchette, who is Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. "We believe that the CCP's aggressive foreign policy is unlikely to dial down in the foreseeable future. We might even see a more assertive regime after the 20th Party Congress."
Taipei and Beijing do not recognize each other's governments. Therefore, political dialogue is conducted not through their respective foreign ministries but via specially appointed agencies, each led by cabinet ministers.
Japan Officials Escalate Concerns About Possible China Attack on Taiwan
Japanese officials continued to express concerns about Taiwan's safety this week and emphasized Japan's own vulnerability in a potential Taiwan Strait crisis.China's Foreign Ministry said it expressed its "strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition" to Japanese counterparts on Thursday following remarks by Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama, who spoke on the mutual threat faced by Tokyo and Taipei during a forum hosted by Taiwanese think tanks the day before.
But high-level talks between Chiu's Mainland Affairs Council and the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing have not been held since 2016, the year Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party were voted into office. The cross-strait neighbors blamed one another for the impasse, which revolves around differing interpretations of a concept known as the "."
Chiu described the last five years of China's policies toward Taiwan as "rigid, negative and without flexibility." He suggested this was a result of Chinese leader Xi essentially advising himself on how to conduct the country's Taiwan policy.
Duringat the CCP's centennial celebrations on July 1, he dedicated a paragraph to what China calls the "Taiwan question"—the status and ultimate fate of the self-ruled island.
Despite projections of a looming Chinese invasion of Taiwan——Chiu said the Chinese leadership does not appear particular urgent.
China Blasts U.S.' 'Cliques' Before Planned Meeting With Japan, India and Australia
The meeting between the four regional players comes as China has increased its assertiveness in the East and South China seas.Leaders from the four countries, referred to as the "Quad," will meet next week in person for talks in the interest of "promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific," the Biden administration said.
Video: U.S. likely to remain 'ambiguous' on Taiwan in the face of China's threat: Stratfor (CNBC)
"Although Xi referred to the Taiwan issue as a 'historic mission,' he did not put a timeline on the completion of such a mission," said the Taiwanese official, "Showing that there is no urgency in Xi's policy agenda to resolve the Taiwan issue."
The United States has backed the Tsai administration and her attempts to maintain relations across the Taiwan Strait. Taipei has vowed not to make any rash moves despite the support of international partners.
"Going forward, both now and into the future, our government's commitment to peaceful and stable cross-strait relations will remain unchanged," said Chiu. "And we will maintain a non-provocative and non-adventurist attitude to prevent serious conflict from breaking out in the Taiwan Strait."
Not Another Afghanistan
In a week dominated by coverage of the U.S. withdrawal from, the Tsai administration has fielded questions about its loyalty and the likelihood of the country's top officials fleeing the island in the event of war with China.
US vows to stand by Taiwan amid Chinese saber-rattling following Afghanistan withdrawal
After a series of threats from Chinese state-affiliated media, the Biden administration announced Tuesday the United States intends to help Taiwan defend itself from Chinese military activity. © Provided by Washington Examiner The Global Times, a state-run Chinese newspaper, published an editorial piece Monday warning Taiwan the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is "an omen of Taiwan's future fate." The article, published without an author's name, speculated what will happen "once a war breaks out in the Straits," directly referencing conflict with the disputed island democracy.
Both Tsai and her premier, Su Tseng-chang, havein the past days.
Chiu said: "Taiwan is not and will not be another Afghanistan. We are a force for good in the region. Our determination to fortify our national sovereignty and democratic system has never been so strong.
"We will never succumb to the CCP's intensified pressure and its saber-rattling. Taiwan never surrenders. Taiwan will continue to strengthen and proactively demonstrate our determination for self-defense."
Chiu said he trusts the U.S. "knows and understands Taiwan's irreplaceable strategic importance". "Taiwan is at the front line of confrontation between democracy and the CCP's neo-totalitarianism and outward aggression," he added.
"When geographic reality gives Taiwan no choice but to stand at the forefront of the CCP's intensified political suppression, economic inducement, diplomatic offensive, military provocation and social infiltration, it is vital that the U.S. and the international community continue to pay close attention to the development of cross-strait situations."
Taiwan President Says Country Can't Rely on China's 'Short-lived Goodwill' .
Laying the foundations of Taiwan's security is the "mission of our times," Tsai Ing-wen told her party on Wednesday.Speaking virtually at a meeting of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Standing Committee, the Taiwanese leader's remarks were a response to external and internal debates about the democratic island's fate following the highly watched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.