China faked attacks on US Navy ships, Taiwan says

China faked attacks on US Navy ships, Taiwan says
China faked attacks on US Navy ships, Taiwan says

TAIPEI, Sept 1 (Reuters) – China has faked attacks on U.S. Navy ships and aims to prevent foreign forces from coming to Taiwan’s aid in the event of war, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a report strongly worded, sounding the alarm about the situation in Beijing. military designs.

Tensions between Taiwan and China have skyrocketed following a visit to Taipei last month by US President Nancy Pelosi, which infuriated Beijing as interference in its affairs.

China, which claims Taiwan is democratically governed despite strong objections from the Taipei government, waged war games after Pelosi’s trip and continues military activities near the island.

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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, in a report to parliament reviewed by Reuters, said China was continuing to strengthen its combat preparedness in the event of an attack on the island. It focused on the first island chain, which stretches from Japan to Taiwan, the Philippines and Borneo, surrounding the coastal seas of China.

There was no immediate response from Beijing to the report.

China has “used combat drills to conduct simulated attacks against US ships that enter the first island chain,” the report says, and aims to gain strategic control of this island chain by 2035. .

The United States has regularly sailed warships in the South China Sea, sometimes near Chinese-held islands, and also through the Taiwan Strait in what it calls freedom missions. navigation that always irritate China.

Starting this year, the ministry said China had stepped up its military intimidation, including drills aimed at undermining Taiwan’s morale and “forcing negotiations with a war” and “forcing unification through arms.”

China could use special forces or agents to “decapitate” Taiwan’s command systems and damage infrastructure in an attack, and is capable of launching electronic attacks to disrupt communications and command systems, according to the report. report dated Thursday.

LOGISTICAL CONSTRAINTS

China could also blockade Taiwan and cut off its energy supply and economy, he added, but noted that Beijing still had transportation and logistical constraints to launch a full invasion.

China has, however, prepared civilian transport ships for annual amphibious exercises to bolster logistical support for any attack from Taiwan, the ministry said, adding that it expected China’s newest aircraft carrier to enter. in service in 2025.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is also being investigated by China and prompted them to “modify” their plans for attacking Taiwan, the ministry said, without further details.

China has “significantly threatened our nation’s defense security and endangered peace, security and stability in areas near the Taiwan Strait”, the report said, pointing to Chinese drills that extended across the Taiwan Strait. Beyond the First Island Chain, a move the ministry said was aimed at preventing foreign countries from intervening in an attack on Taiwan.

China could also use “grey area tactics” to change the military status quo, the ministry said, including sending drones, rubber dinghies into Taiwan territory or deploying maritime militias.

Taiwan has complained of repeated harassment by Chinese drones and shot down one Thursday that flew near a Taiwan-controlled islet just off China’s coast. Read more

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Reporting by Yimou Lee; Writing by Ben Blanchard Editing by Tomasz Janowski and Raissa Kasolowsky

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