China Unleashes "Island Encirclement" War Drills Over Taiwan

It is an uncomfortable time for Taiwan. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began a dangerous “island encirclement” war drill around the country, which on Friday saw bombers and fighter jets simulating strikes on Taiwanese targets for the first time. It seems as Beijing will not wait for reunification; it wishes to intimidate the island into submission beforehand.

China’s air force carried out an operation in its eastern and southern theaters, dispatching bombers and reconnaissance planes around Taiwan on Friday. It was the first time for Su-35 fighter jets to fly over the Bashi Channel in formation with H-6K bombers, a spokesperson said. (Source: People’s Daily, China) 

Defense experts told the South China Morning Post that China’s military would increase pressure on Taiwan, with more war drills designed to send a warning message to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

“To reinforce the warning to Tsai Ing-wen’s administration, the mainland military would conduct targeted joint operational drills involving ground forces, the navy and the air force to strengthen its presence in the Taiwan Strait,” Song Zhongping, a former member of the PLA’s second artillery corps, the rocket wing’s predecessor.

There is a significant risk that China’s President Xi Jinping could be slowly walking his armed forces into a shooting war with Tawian. In an era of modernizing his military, President Jinping has given PLA generals fancy new weapons and hardware for war preparation purposes.

Military strategiest said Beijing showcased their “precision strike” capabilities and the understanding that the PLA air force has “upgraded deterrence” to the island’s independence-leaning president.

Since the end of the Chinese Civil war in 1949, mainland and Taiwan have had a significant degree of separation. “Taiwan is not like the two Koreas issue, with both sides being seen as equals and allowed to coexist. The message [the air force] wants to send to Taipei is that Taiwan is part of China and should be reunified with Beijing one day,” Beijing-based military expert Zhou Cheming explained.

“The increasing encirclement flights around Taiwan have warned the island’s independence-leaning forces that if they are going to make trouble, the mainland will take more radical moves to take them out,” he added.

Propaganda footage released by the PLA air force over the weekend revealed bombers, and fighter jets crossed the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the northern islands of the Philippines for an “innovative joint operation” on Friday, said the South China Morning Post.

The PLA air force conducted patrol circling China’s island of Taiwan on Friday, during which Su-35 fighter jets flew over the Bashi Channel in formation with the H-6Ks for the first time. (Source: China News)

Song said, “the PLA air force’s footage showed the H-6K bombers carrying CJ-20 or long sword cruise missiles – a long-range weapon that can hit precision targets on land and sea from a distance of over 2,000km (1,200 miles).”

Chinese PLA air force  H-6K bomber conducts island patrol during war drill. (Source: China News)

“The CJ-20 is one of the options the PLA might use in the event of war … because it has several purposes, including destroying Taiwan’s key military facilities or decapitate important human targets like Tsai and [Prime Minister William] Lai,” Song warned.

“This cruise missile could also threaten the US’s naval base in Guam [if Washington wants to intervene] when the mainland decides to attack Taiwan,” he added.

WATCH: PLA air force conducts war drill around Taiwan on Friday.

The South China Morning Post indicates that the PLA air force did not enter Taiwan’s airspace during the war drill, because “a provocative move risks immediate conflict” with Taiwan armed forces.

“Beijing has reinforced its ‘carrots and sticks’ approach to dealing with Taiwan’s ordinary people and independent forces, with the air force’s intensive island encirclement drills reflecting its coercion policy against the ruling party,” Song explained.

If it came to a cross-strait showdown, China would decimate Taiwan, and probably seize the island. However, such a move would drag the United States into a shooting war with China...

Comments

Pandelis Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

now, this is the real thing .... let's see if Bolton got any balls .... ehhhh ... i didn't think so. 

he is a big man with iran and north korea.

W270 Pandelis Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:03 Permalink

He doesn't have the big balls because you own them said big balls Pandelis El Huevon.  Here you are big balls and all making such big ball statements. I think little ball Jon Jon maybe knocking on your door shortly requesting to borrow your really big balls Pandelis El Huevon.  With this position comes responsibility.  You will need to evaluate all of the world leaders as to who has balls that might rival your big balls Pandelis El Huevon.  What? What? What did you say Pandelis El Huevon?  You in fact have a pussy and stinky at that?  Could have fooled me Pandelis Panochon.

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Kafir Goyim TheWholeYearInn Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:28 Permalink

Appeasement of the ChiComs started when the US pressured other members of the UN not to recognize Taiwan.  They were oh so quick to recognize Israel, but we couldn't piss off the communists, even as we proceeded to fight proxy wars with them in Korea and Vietnam.

Now look where we're at.  Should have handled this a LONG time ago.

Oh well.  At the rate the west is proceeding in it's quest to enslave and remove power from it's citizens, I suppose it doesn't matter how powerful the Chinese get.  The boot is descending to our faces, so perhaps we shouldn't care who is wearing it.

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DingleBarryObummer Pandelis Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:05 Permalink

People are saying Trump hired Bolton as a negotiating lever.  That argument is flimsy at best.  But, he's not even a good negotiating lever.

The world knows Americans are disgusted with Bush and Iraq war.  That's how out-of-left-field prog Obomba got voted in in the first place.  All Bolton does is discredit Trump, and kill morale and trust in government; and the whole world knows it.

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null Pandelis Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:02 Permalink

Bolton probably understands that the consensus of a Democratic Ally should factor into his assertions regarding escalation.

Taiwan has obviously not communicated any, yet. So, apples and oranges at this point.

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Scipio Africanuz Pandelis Wed, 05/16/2018 - 15:16 Permalink

That the dragon will exhale fire, is a certainty! What is unknown, is the target. Does Taiwan desire to be the target? I hope not. On the other hand, there's an exceptional target, that might audition for the role of dragon-fired porcelain.

Soon, we'll find out...

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Chupacabra-322 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:58 Permalink

Damn! Interesting the Blowback you get from Technology sold to China buy the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Clinton’s & IsraHell. 

 

SilverDOG City_Of_Champyinz Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:10 Permalink

Beyond the political facade of "normalization" every other form of trade already has been.

Without the financial consumption facilitating China loan to the US, oh where do you see US would be ?

Yes, to where we should be, far lower on GDP world rankings to match all of our already 2nd and 3rd world rankings on the remainder.

US only #1 terrorist and #1 DEBTOR by voters choice and subservience a long time ago.

 

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City_Of_Champyinz SilverDOG Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:29 Permalink

Keep in mind that this coincided with the US going off the gold standard and the beginning of creating money out of thin air that is backed by nothing.  Again, I state that this was a complete disaster and our precarious financial situation today went hand in hand with shipping our manufacturing sector to China, among other blunders.

Perhaps we should have simply lived within our means?  But no, the political class saw an opportunity to rape the nation for their own benefit, and here we are.  QE forever!

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MusicIsYou Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:59 Permalink

And, this is why North Korea giving up it's nuclear tests doesn't matter. If Kim Un wasn't sure China is going to challenge the U.S then Kim would never give up nukes.

MAGA Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:01 Permalink

Why don’t taiwan fight back? What makes them hesitant given so much military support from the US? China is just a paper tiger, without the US semiconductor companies and high tech products  the China economy will collapse.

W270 MAGA Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:08 Permalink

I would speculate that this is all theater in an effort to hide the real issues that plagues China. The Chinese are using big stick tatics so no one questions their DEBT.  Reminds me of the USA.  So not only do they steal the USA's intellectual property, but they steal their playbook.  

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