Australia says China’s ‘alarming’ actions at odds with peaceful rhetoric

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China’s “alarming” actions do not match its rhetoric about promoting peace and prosperity in the region, Australia’s defense minister said on Friday after a Chinese navy ship was tracked sailing through the country’s exclusive economic zone. Defense Minister Peter Dutton listed China’s militarization of the West Philippine Sea, recent aggression towards Taiwan and the introduction… Continue reading Australia says China’s ‘alarming’ actions at odds with peaceful rhetoric

US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

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There is no room for compromise over Taiwan and the United States should not have any illusions about this, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, adding that Washington had of late made a series of “provocations” on several issues. China says the issue of Taiwan, which it claims as Chinese territory, is the most sensitive… Continue reading US should not have any illusions about Taiwan, says China

US lawmakers coming to Taiwan on military-focused trip

Five members of the US House of Representatives are expected to arrive in Taiwan on Friday, November 26, for a short trip focused on meetings with the island’s defense ministry, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported on Thursday, November 25. The trip comes as China has stepped up military and political pressure to assert its… Continue reading US lawmakers coming to Taiwan on military-focused trip

US warship again transits sensitive Taiwan Strait

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A US warship again sailed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, part of what the US military calls routine activity but which always riles China whose government believes Washington is trying to stir regional tensions. The US Navy said the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Milius conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” through international waters… Continue reading US warship again transits sensitive Taiwan Strait

Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen lauded military cooperation with Washington on Thursday, November 18, as she commissioned the first combat wing of F-16 fighters upgraded with US help to bolster the island’s defenses during rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing. Frequent Chinese and US military exercises in the region have raised fears of conflict touched off… Continue reading Taiwan commissions advanced new F-16s as China threat grows

Taiwan defense report focuses on China’s ‘grey zone’ coercion

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China is becoming more diversified in its threat against Taiwan through military and nonmilitary means such as the “grey zone” threats to secure a strategic advantage, Taiwan’s defense ministry said in its biennial defense white paper. The 2021 National Defense Report was referring to Chinese activities that involve military and nonmilitary forms of assertiveness and… Continue reading Taiwan defense report focuses on China’s ‘grey zone’ coercion

China conducts combat readiness patrol as US lawmakers visit Taiwan

China’s military said on Tuesday, November 9, it had conducted a combat readiness patrol in the direction of the Taiwan Strait, after its defense ministry condemned a visit to Taiwan by a US congressional delegation it said had arrived on a military aircraft. The patrol was aimed at the “seriously wrong” words and actions of… Continue reading China conducts combat readiness patrol as US lawmakers visit Taiwan

Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbors, warns of ‘grave’ threat

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China’s armed forces are capable of blockading Taiwan’s key harbors and airports, the island’s defense ministry said on Tuesday, November 9, offering its latest assessment of what it describes as a “grave” military threat posed by its giant neighbor. China has never renounced the use of force to bring democratic Taiwan under its control and… Continue reading Taiwan says China can blockade its key harbors, warns of ‘grave’ threat

China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

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China’s military has built mockups in the shape of a US Navy aircraft carrier and other US warships, possibly as training targets, in the desert of Xinjiang, satellite images by Maxar showed on Sunday. These mockups reflect China’s efforts to build up anti-carrier capabilities, specifically against the US Navy, as tensions remain high with Washington… Continue reading China builds mockups of US Navy ships in area used for missile target practice

China vows to impose sanctions on ‘Taiwan independence’ forces

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China said Friday it will impose sanctions such as entry bans on Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, labeling them as “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. The move comes as tensions between the mainland and the self-ruled democratic island have been escalating, becoming a regular source of Sino-U.S. friction.… Continue reading China vows to impose sanctions on ‘Taiwan independence’ forces