What if US is laying credibility trap for Beijing on Taiwan?

Sixty-nine years ago last month, Secretary of State Dean Acheson delivered a speech defining America’s strategic interests in Asia. He described a security perimeter that did not include South Korea or Taiwan. Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung, and Josef Stalin saw a green light and immediately began coordinating invasion plans for both countries. Kim moved first and unleashed his armies across the 38th parallel, igniting the Korean War. President Harry Truman mobilized a United Nations intervention and sent the Seventh Fleet back into the Taiwan Strait, blocking Mao from attacking…

Expect China to Invade Taiwan, Okinawa in Near Future – Retired Japanese General

Lt. Gen. Kunio Orita, a retired general with Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force, recently raised eyebrows when he claimed China would invade Taiwan and Okinawa by 2025 and 2045, respectively. Orita first made the comments in January 2019 and has since expanded on them, telling military website Stars & Stripes that China’s interest in expanding its influence in the region will begin with Chinese officials declaring a no-fly zone around Taiwan. Although the island nation is self-governed, China has long thought of Taiwan as a wayward territory that needs to be brought back into the fold. Following the no-fly zone declaration, Orita…

Retired Japanese general predicts China will invade Taiwan by 2025, Okinawa by 2045 – Pacific

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A former Japanese military officer recently made waves after saying he believes China plans to invade and annex Taiwan by 2025 and Okinawa by 2045. The comments by retired Lt. Gen. Kunio Orita, a 35-year veteran of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and a former commander of the 301st Tactical Fighter Squadron and 6th Air Wing, appeared last month in the English-language Taiwan News. Orita, who retired in 2009 and is now a guest professor at Toyo Gakuen University in Tokyo, recently told…

Taiwan takes issue with Manila’s South China Sea island buildup | Politics | FocusTaiwan Mobile

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday urged all parties involved to halt any action that could escalate regional tensions in the disputed South China Sea amid ongoing construction by the Philippines on an island it occupies in the disputed region. “Taiwan reiterates its sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and urges all parties to refrain from action that could escalate tensions in the region,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said when asked to comment on Manila’s work on Thitu Island. It is “indisputable”…

Taiwan – and America’s – military secrets revealed by Google Maps

Some of Taiwan’s most sensitive military sites – including its facilities for the US-made Patriot missiles – have been accidentally revealed to the public through Google’s latest 3D-rendered maps. Lawmakers have demanded contingency plans to prevent the secret locations being targeted by Beijing in the event of a cross-strait conflict, while the self-ruled island’s defence minister has appealed for calm. Google’s new 3-D maps -an extension of its original satellite mapping of the world’s major cities -feature better imagery and three-dimensional terrain for four major cities in Taiwan: Taipei, New…

U.S. intel warns of continued Chinese pressure on Taiwan | Politics | FocusTaiwan Mobile

Washington, Jan. 29 (CNA) U.S. intelligence agencies indicated Tuesday that they expect Beijing to continue its efforts to force Taiwan to accept its “One China” framework and ultimately Chinese control. Top U.S. security officials, including Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Central Intelligence Agency Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, presented their annual global threats assessment to the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday. According to the assessment, Beijing will almost certainly continue to use both pressure and incentives to try to force Taipei to…

Taiwan takes issue with Manila’s South China Sea island buildup | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday urged all parties involved to halt any action that could escalate regional tensions in the disputed South China Sea amid ongoing construction by the Philippines on an island it occupies in the disputed region. “Taiwan reiterates its sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and urges all parties to refrain from action that could escalate tensions in the region,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said when asked to comment on Manila’s work on Thitu Island. It is “indisputable” that…

Taiwan criticizes Philippines in dispute over…

Thitu Island (Photo from amti.csis.org) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following a FONOP by U.S. forces in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands on Monday, Feb. 11, Taiwan is re-emphasizing its claims in the disputed territory, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) criticizing the Philippines behavior in the region. Andrew Lee (李憲章), a spokesperson for MOFA, on Monday urged the Philippine government to halt construction operations on Thitu Island, a 37.2 hectare island located on the northwestern edge of the Spratly Islands, just north of Taiwan’s…

World War 3: China warns the US to stay out of Taiwan amid South China Sea tensions | World | News

According to the South China Morning Post, General Li Zuocheng raised the issue with Admiral John Richardson on Monday as part of the latter’s three-day trip to China. Beijing has been flexing its muscles in the region but Taiwan still remains a flashpoint between the two superpowers. The state is still considered as part of China’s territory even though the two have been ruled separately since 1949. According to the report, General Li informed Mr Richardson: “The Taiwan issue is a matter of China’s internal affairs which concerns China’s core…

China Warns It Won’t Allow U.S. Interference in Taiwan as Military Leaders Meet to Defuse Tensions

A senior Chinese military general has warned an American admiral that Beijing will not tolerate U.S. efforts to interfere in China’s relationship with Taiwan, as the two officials met to defuse tensions that have been simmering over the island and the South China Sea. General Li Zuocheng—the head of China’s Joint Staff Department—sat down with Admiral John Richardson on Monday as part of the latter’s three-day trip to China, according to the South China Morning Post. Read More: China sends warning to U.S. with more intense naval activity off Taiwan China’s…