Tanks spotted in NE Taiwan as tensions with C…

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan battle tanks were spotted prowling the streets of Yilan, Taiwan, on Wednesday (March 25), as cross-strait tensions rise during the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Wednesday, the third day of military exercises being held across Taiwan, four army M60A3 tanks took part in a training exercise in Yilan County’s Yuanshan Township. The rare sight of tanks rolling through an urban area drew many curious onlookers. According to Taiwan’s Military News Agency (MNA), the drill was meant to improve the combat effectiveness…

US warship sails through Taiwan Strait amid tensions with China | China News

A United States warship passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the US and Taiwan‘s militaries said, following heightened tensions between China and Taiwan that has seen Taiwanese air force jets scramble to intercept Chinese fighters. The ship sailed north through the waterway and was monitored by Taiwan’s armed forces, the island’s defence ministry said in a statement on Thursday. It described the sailing as an “ordinary mission”, saying there was no cause for alarm, Reuters news agency reported. More: Anthony Junco, a spokesman for the US Seventh Fleet said…

Taiwan displays military preparedness with exercise that sees tanks on the streets – Taiwan English News

Taiwan staged drills around the nation today, on the third day of a large-scale military exercise designed to test combat readiness to repel an invasion. There were tanks on the streets, but no citizens felt threatened: there was no Tank Man attempting to stop the soldiers from carrying out their mission. “The drills were designed to test the combat readiness of our forces and their responses to an all-out invasion by the enemy,” the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said. The tank maneuvers were implemented in Yilan County, where four M60A3…

US military aircraft activity near Taiwan increasing

ON THE LOOKOUT: A Lockheed EP-3 reconnaissance plane was yesterday seen flying southwest of Kaohsiung, according to Twitter account ‘Aircraft Spots’ By Aaron Tu and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer A Twitter account that tracks military aircraft movements has indicated an increase in US military activity near Taiwan, coinciding with an increase in Chinese military activity in the area. Planes from the US Seventh Fleet have been sighted frequently above the South China Sea in the past several days, and a US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane was…

Taiwan Coast Guard Reports Chinese Speed Boat Harassment Near Kinmen – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | East Asia One Taiwanese coast guard cutter suffered damage in the incident. Advertisement Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has reported that one of its vessels was damaged by Chinese speed boats last week. On Friday, the CGA said that an incident took place on March 16 involving the 9th Offshore Flotilla of the Taiwanese coast guard, based at Kinmen. According to the CGA, more than 10 Chinese speedboats harassed two Taiwanese coast guard vessels. The harassment took the form of intentional ramming by the speedboats of the CGA vessels, both…

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To Stop China, Taiwan Must Overcome Its Submarine Deficit

Key point: Taipei appears to be coming around to the wisdom of asymmetric submarine warfare Taipei and Beijing are seemingly sliding into an escalatory spiral amid a flurry of veiled threats and accusations. Just last week, China’s defense minister invoked Abraham Lincoln to justify the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) increasingly aggressive reunification policy:  “American friends told me that Abraham Lincoln was the greatest American president because he led the country to victory in the Civil War and prevented the secession of the U.S. The U.S. is indivisible, so is China. China…

Strategists call for shake-up of Taiwan policy

Despite increased posturing in recent years from their cousins on the mainland, Taiwan is paid relatively little lip-service in Australian policy circles. In the months that have followed an election that saw the island’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sweep to power, analysts can’t stop talking about it. Despite increased posturing in recent years from their cousins on the mainland, Taiwan is paid relatively little lip-service in Australian policy circles. In the months that have followed an election that saw the island’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sweep to power, analysts can’t…