China Launches Massive Combat Drill In Hainan As War With Taiwan "Becomes More Probable"

Chinese President Xi Jinping promised a more transparent China on Tuesday, during a keynote speech at an economic forum in Boao, on the southern island of Hainan. Immediately after the conference, China’s PLA Navy began a 3-day combat war drill in waters to the south of Sanya, the southern tip of China’s Hainan Island, which is about 112-miles south from the economic forum.

The Hainan Maritime Safety Administration has demarcated an area in the South China Sea that will be closed to all civilian and commercial vessels from April 10 through 13. The military exercise was made public earlier this week on the government’s website.

The warning of yet another war drill by China comes after military jets from the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command conducted exercises over rugged terrain in western China to simulate an invasion of Taiwan, said the Daily Express.

An editorial piece in the Global Times announced: “The mainland needs to continue to prepare for a possible military clash across the Straits.”

“Beijing cannot be led by the nose. We have to figure out more fronts to showcase our strength and to be the venue for the battle with Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the mainland needs to continue to prepare for a possible military clash across the Straits. A military showdown with Taiwan is becoming more probable and may take place sooner rather than later. Beijing needs to make clear its bottom line and inform Taiwan society of the dangerous acts which may lead to a military showdown, to avoid a war that could break out due to serious misjudgments by the US and Taiwan. Having got the upper hand strategically, the mainland won’t lose its head. Only the decisions of the mainland will count in deciding the future cross-Straits situation.”

A Twitter war observer said, “A maritime area of 8 749 km², located south of the island of Haïnan, is closed from 11 to 13 April due to military maneuvers.”

The observer added, “At least 7 Chinese nuclear submarines are currently at the Sanya Naval base on Haïnan Island, which borders the South China Sea. This is also the case for a few dozen surface ships of the Chinese navy. Some things are getting ready…” (not verified)

Another Twitter user said, “On the heels of the #Boao2018 Forum and Xi Jinping’s keynote speech there- looks like large-scale exercises off Hainan.”

On Tuesday, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, sailed through the heavily disputed waters in the South China Sea to the Philippines. As the trade war with China climaxed last week, we reported how the United States Navy deployed three carrier battle groups to face-off against China’s only aircraft carrier and 40 warships.

” Satellite images had captured China’s only aircraft carrier in deployment, the Liaoning, flanked by 40 other warships and submarines, conducting unprecedented live-fire drills in the South China Sea. This massive Chinese naval exercise was observed for the first time, with China watchers pointing out that such a forceful display of deterrence was highly unusual for the People’s Liberation Army Navy. Perhaps in light of recent events, it was merely a warning.”

Now it seems with all the chess pieces positioned around the South China Sea, the epicenter of World War III could easily be Taiwan as tensions between both countries escalate even further. China has declared Taiwan a “rogue state” and has never ruled out military intervention, said the Daily Express.

General Rolando Bautista from the Philippine army said, as quoted by the Daily Express: “It’s a showcase of the capability of the US armed forces not only by sea but also by air.”

“The Americans are our friends.

“In one way or another, they can help us to deter any threat.”

Last month it was also revealed in aerial photos of the alarming rate of expansion of Chinese military installations in the South China Sea.

The photos show the extent of Beijing’s construction in the disputed Spratly Islands, with its previously minor outposts now transformed into fortresses featuring air and naval bases.

Diplomatic relations between the five nations which have laid claim to the islands are already extremely strained, and the recent construction of bunkers on some of the atols point to China preparing to “protection against air or missile strikes”, raising the prospect of a conflict which could spark World War 3.

While we do not have a crystal ball of the precise epicenter of World War III, in recent weeks, geopolitical events/shifts have provided us with critical knowledge that a trigger point for the next global shooting war could be somewhere around the South China Sea and or Syria. War is coming, have you prepared?

Comments

Teja Four Star Thu, 04/12/2018 - 04:25 Permalink

And even if the US fail to protect Taiwan, the Taiwan Strait will help. Look at WW II - Germany did not dare to cross the Channel and invade the UK, and the Channel is much less wide than the Taiwan Strait.

Also, Taiwan has got a quite advanced military industry, focussing on anti-ship-rocket technology. And a surprisingly strong classical tank force, probably able to encircle any invading forces.

Geography helps, too - Taiwan being quite mountaineous, and the Taiwanese have built a large number of bunker tunnels, compareable to the Swiss.

So, we can expect threatening moves from China, also psy ops, maybe even special commandos, but a full scale invasion would be too costly and too easily lost by China.

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Davidduke2000 Teja Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:35 Permalink

I consider Taiwan lost already, it is Chinese territory that rebelled and a nation of 1.4 billion people will prevail in taking it back.

if it's not this year, it's next year, China is quite determined and the us can't do anything to protect Taiwan, as Taiwan is infested by Chinese spies and sleeper agents who are the same people as the taiwanese, once the signal is given, the army would stand down because it is infiltrated by Chinese already.

the us is a paper tiger and has no balls for a fight. 

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kralizec Davidduke2000 Thu, 04/12/2018 - 07:42 Permalink

I don't know if it is total ignorance or the usual CodePink Knee-Jerk doom-porn bias...but this posting is a stale bucket of dreck.  War is not likely, no matter how much idiots crave it...Chi-Com's might be devious little reds, but they aren't totally stupid...any attack like this has too much risk and little reward, it just is not as likely as morons think it is.

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msamour kralizec Thu, 04/12/2018 - 08:30 Permalink

Any good strategist can see that China is fortifying the South so it can then turn focus to the North (Taiwan). Once all the island fortifications are completed on the reclaimed islands, they will then embargo Taiwan. This will cause the Americans to show up in large number as a show of force. The Chinese will then issue an ultimatum to the Americans, turn tail and leave or else. 

Now, before all this takes place, we can expect to see the Chinese to completely dump their treasuries, open up the INE to all petrol producing countries so they can sell their oil in Yuan. The sellers will then have to option of converting the yuan to gold if they so choose. Look for the Chinese to crash the Petro-dollar before they conduct any attacks. I suspect it will take another decade or so.

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rtb61 Luc X. Ifer Thu, 04/12/2018 - 07:57 Permalink

Actually they are tag teaming. When one is in trouble, one step out of the ring and the other takes over. So North Korea conflict to trap China as a hostile nation defending North Korea failed, when China did not take the bait and Russia took the lead in public discussion challenges. When it failed, when the US finally gave up long after being publicly exposed, they were forced down an alternate route to try to bottle up China, a tariff war.

Now China is putting ships off the coast of Syria to take the pressure of Russia. Want something to really worry about, their joint space program is really likely to take the lead in space, in a big way.

The US could not tackle North Korea, how is it going to tackle the combination of Russia and China, which by the way the US forced into being, sheer arrogant incompetence.

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Implied Violins Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:31 Permalink

My doom chubby isn't going down, and now my balls are turning blue. These last 24 hours of glorious doom are stroking me out, and I don't even have to do any stroking.

Neochrome Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:36 Permalink

Time to revisit Malvinas issue as well.

Would Argentina be interested in Kinzhals, some s-400, perhaps a few hundred Kalibr to sweeten the deal?

DarkPurpleHaze Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:41 Permalink

We need to cut Taiwan loose and cut a grand deal with China to extricate ourselves from an outdated treaty fraught with future peril.

Taiwan isn't worth it and never will be. Unless you're a military contractor. Then it was well worth it.

 

 

LetThemEatRand Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:44 Permalink

Gaslighting -- that China is stoking WWIII by conducting military exercises near Chinese territory and that the US aircraft carrier that sailed halfway around the world is trying to stop it.

Citxmech PT Thu, 04/12/2018 - 01:54 Permalink

Ever see a dog jump on another dog, and then a bunch of others pile-on?  We (supposedly) can handle a two-front war - but we're angling on at least 5 right now.  That's weakness that everyone opposed to our BS can see...

I'm guessing that there is going to be a big change in allegiances soon.

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Consuelo Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

Masterful...

Coordinated 'stretching' exercises by China and Russia.   Stretch 'em in Eastern Europe, stretch 'em in Syria, Stretch 'em in the South China Sea.   Have the Americans going every which way but loose.   And best of all, it costs $money.   Lots of $money.   $Money we don't have.   

Jonnyvaz Wed, 04/11/2018 - 23:07 Permalink

Wonder what would happen if the chinese sent a flotilla to Syria as the US try to round up France and UK etc i reckon Nato would be losing a few members fairly quick.