Beijing Openly Prepares Invasion of Taiwan
Communist China stated on Tuesday that it will not limit its Naval drills in the South China Sea that rose a concern about Taiwan's security and peace in Indo-Pacific.
Beijing regime's carrier group is exercising near Taiwan and such drills will become regular, Communist China's navy said early on Tuesday in a further escalation of tensions near the island that Beijing claims as its sovereign territory.
Taiwan has complained of an increase in Chinese military activity near it in recent months, as China steps up efforts to assert its sovereignty over the democratically run island.
China's navy said the carrier group, lead by the Liaoning, the country's first aircraft carrier put into active service, was carrying out "routine" drills in the waters near Taiwan.
The aim is to "enhance its capability to safeguard national sovereignty, safety and development interests", it added.
Similar exercises will be conducted on a regular basis in the future, the Communist China's navy said, without elaborating.
One of Communist China’s propaganda rugs noted the Nanchang, the first of a powerful new fleet of Type 055 destroyers that entered service last year, was part of the carrier group.
The combination of aircraft carriers and Type 055 large destroyers will become a standard configuration of Chinese aircraft carrier task groups in the future, the author added.
Taiwan is fully aware of the threat
Taiwan's Defence Ministry said it had a "full grasp" of the situation in the air and at sea surrounding Taiwan and that it was "appropriately handling" the matter.
A new Australia's Defence Minister Peter Dutton has voiced conciliatory tone regarding Beijing actions.
Obviously, China has held long-term ambitions in relation to Taiwan, and we want to make sure that there is peace in our region and that we can work in a collaborative way with the Chinese Communist Party, Mr. Dutton stated.
Last month a former US Defence officials report confirmed former senior Australian military officials warnings that the country is not prepared for any major military conflict in the region.
In a podcast released last Thursday, the US Embassy's charge d'affaires Michael Goldman said the US is undertaking strategic planning with Australia to consider potential joint responses to war over Taiwan. But Canberra has yet to say to what extent it will participate.
We've worked very closely with the United States because they're our most important ally but we don't do that in an antagonistic way, we do it in a way to protect our sovereignty and our national interest, Mr Dutton said.
But Japan is taking much more decisive action.
Tokyo stated on Sunday that the Liaoning, accompanied by five escort ships, had transited the Miyako Strait on their way to the Pacific.
Communist China's statement follows Taiwan's Defence Ministry reporting a new incursion by China's air force into the island's air defence identification zone on Monday.
The Liaoning and its sister ship the Shandong have carried out drills or sailed near Taiwan before.
In December 2019, shortly before presidential and parliamentary elections in Taiwan, China's newest aircraft carrier, the Shandong, sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, a move condemned by Taiwan as attempted intimidation.
Taiwan President Ms. Tsai Ing-wen is overseeing a revamp of the island's military, rolling out new equipment such as "carrier killer" stealth corvettes.