World China Will 'Lose Everything' If It Starts Taiwan War—former Marine Colonel
U.S. and Taiwan Coast Guards to Hold First Joint Drills At Sea: Report
Ship-tracking software showed Taiwan Coast Guard vessels sailing into the Pacific on Tuesday and Wednesday, but no U.S. Coast Guard ships were detected nearby.The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei, confirmed on Wednesday the first meeting had taken place of the U.S.-Taiwan Coast Guard Working Group (CGWG)—a pact agreed back in March as a way to increase maritime cooperation between the two countries.
A retiredcolonel says the United States should commit to the defense of against an attack by , a decision that would end four decades of public uncertainty about American military intervention in the Taiwan Strait.
, who was the first Marine liaison officer to the Self-Defense Forces, told Stars and Stripes on Tuesday that the U.S. needed to clarity its intention to fight and even risk nuclear war on behalf of the democratic island claimed by Beijing.
5 things to know about China's record surge of warplanes near Taiwan
China's record number of incursions of warplanes into Taiwan's defense zone over the past four days plays to Beijing's military strengths while sending potent messages both at home and far beyond the self-governed island, Western analysts say. © Taiwan Ministry of Defense/AP The Taiwan Ministry of Defense released this undated file photo of a Chinese J-16 fighter jet when they announced that PLA aircrafts entered their air defense identification zone.
"Make it clear to the Chinese leaders that they will lose everything if they start a war over Taiwan," said Newsham. "The U.S. also needs to take the lead and help Taiwan break out of 40 years of military and diplomatic isolation."
The U.S. has not been legally bound to defend Taiwan after 1979, when Washington switched official diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
U.S.-Taiwan relations have been guided by, among other things, the Taiwan Relations Act—passed the same year—which only commits to helping the island with its own self-defense preparations.
In the four decades since U.S. relations with Taiwan became officially unofficial, the question surrounding possible American assistance in a cross-strait conflict with China has been shrouded behind something known as "strategic ambiguity."
Tensions flare as Chinese flights near Taiwan intensify
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own and asserts its territorial ambitions in the region. China's People's Liberation Army flew 56 planes in international airspace off the southwest coast of Taiwan on Monday, setting a new record and capping four days of sustained pressure involving 149 flights. The actions came as China, with growing diplomatic and military power, faces greater pushback from countries in the region and as Taiwan pleads for more global support and recognition.
Proponents of the purposely opaque commitment say the uncertainty serves U.S. interests. Beyond granting a potential element of surprise, a "blank check" pledge to Taiwan may inadvertently hamper Taipei's defense mobilization efforts or, worse, force China into a corner over what Beijing says is a "core interest."
However, advocates of "strategic clarity" believe the ambiguity that has held over the last 40 years is no longer an effective deterrent against China's growing military might, which it has used to intimidate Taiwan through both traditional and non-traditional means.
Newsham described the threat of a Chinese invasion as "dead serious," according to Stars and Stripes.(PLA) soldiers "have been training for years" on their amphibious assault capability, said Newsham, whose work with Japanese troops covered the same area.
France, Taiwan Meet Despite China Warning That Talks Will Damage Relationship With French
Ahead of the trip, China tried to discourage the French senators from going to Taiwan.Ahead of the trip, China attempted to discourage the senators from visiting. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a September 30 news conference that Beijing was opposed to relations between France and Taiwan.
"They understand the importance of combined arms and joint operations and are working on this to combine air, sea, and ground forces," the former Marine colonel told the paper, saying the PLA would likely begin with a bombardment of the island before ferrying Chinese troops across the Taiwan Strait for beach landings.
"I'd say the Chinese probably were capable of assaulting Taiwan at least seven or eight years ago, though with no guarantee of success. They have improved capabilities since then and keep improving," he was quoted as saying.
Taiwan's Defense Minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng, told parliamentarians in Taipei last week that the PLA would possess the capability to invade Taiwan at a minimal cost in four years' time.
On Saturday, Chinese Presidentreiterated his country's intention to "unify" Taiwan with mainland China. Xi said doing so by peaceful means was in the best interests of both sides of the Taiwan Strait, hinting at his pledge in 2019 not to renounce the use of force as an option.
During her National Day address a day later, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said her citizens would not "bow to pressure" or be forced to "take the path China has laid out for us."
Taiwan wants 'status quo', not China's path, president says
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's president on Sunday called for the maintenance of the political status quo in a forthright speech which acknowledged rising pressure from China Tsai Ing-wen also firmly rejected Chinese military coercion, a stance driven home by a rare demonstration of Taiwan’s defense capabilities in a parade on its National Day. A choir of singers from Taiwan’s various indigenous tribes sang to open the ceremony in front of the Presidential Office Building in the center of Taipei that was built by the Japanese who ruled the island as a colony for 500 years until the end of World War II.
"This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people," she added.
Newsham, who has backedbetween Taipei and Tokyo, said American and Taiwanese troops should train together, while the U.S. should also provide Taiwan with "political and diplomatic support," the Stars and Stripes report said.
"There is no deal to be cut with [China] over Taiwan," the former Marine added. "Taiwan is this era's version of Czechoslovakia in the 1930s when the Germans were demanding it be handed over. The stakes are that high for our generation."
What to know about the escalating tensions between China and Taiwan .
There has been increasing "gray-zone" conflict across the strait. Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng even warned the Taiwanese legislature earlier this month that Beijing might be able to launch a "full-scale" invasion of the island by 2025.