Connect with us

Asia Pacific

US Provoking China To ‘Fire The First Shot’ Over Taiwan – Chinese Military Experts



Amid escalating tensions over territorial claims in the South China Sea, considered one of the world’s most important shipping lanes, China has warned the United States that it may be forced to strike the first blow over the latter’s increased presence in Taiwan.

Confrontation in Pangong Shows That India Did Not Learn Any Lessons From Galwan Valley Clash – China

This is according to a report published by Chinese Military expert, Yang Sheng, who said that experts in China believe that “Washington is provoking Beijing to fire the first shot, and that the current tensions could further escalate”, following local reports suggesting that a US military aircraft took off from a Taiwan-based airfield on its flight to Japan.

However, Taiwan’s Air Force Command was quick to rubbish such reports.

Yang, who writes for Global Times, a daily newspaper under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), suggests that the Chinese military experts believe that Taiwanese officials’ instant denial is proof that such attempts can provoke China to open fire.

Yang wrote – “That’s why Taiwan military officials have to deny the incident as they know how serious this could get if US military aircraft really landed on the island,”

On the other hand, if the US fabricated the signal to increase the chances for miscalculation, then it means the US doesn’t want to avoid conflict with China at all, and it intends to create tensions and even provoke China into firing the first shot, potentially making it more terrifying and dangerous.”

China has repeatedly issued warnings to Pentagon over military dealings with Taiwan, which it considers a part of its own region.

The US, which is the island nation’s main international backer and arms supplier, recently agreed secured a whopping $62 billion contract to supply 66 new F-16 “Viper” jets additional jets, which when delivered by 2026, will take the island nation’s existing fleet to over 200 aircraft.


Taiwan Flag

The move has been considered a series of provocations by Beijing, who continued to isolate Taiwan diplomatically, with many countries which had earlier enjoyed formal relations with the island nation shifting their allegiance to China, leaving just 15 nations to have official ties with Taiwan.

It is important to note that China claims almost all of the South China Sea which is sharply contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Except for Taiwan, all the other four nations are a part of ASEAN.

China’s belligerence across the whole of Asia of late has instilled fear amongst countries in the South China Sea region like Taiwan, Philippines that there is a high probability of an attack by them, especially on the back the ruling Communist Party’s crackdown on dissent and activism in Hong Kong, which has been a pillar of democracy till recently.

The course of events has made Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen increase military spending as they gear themselves for a possible Chinese attack. Moreover, in August, her government has decided to increase Taiwan’s defense budget by 10 percent, thereby raising the military spending to more than 2 percent of the nation’s GDP, the highest level since the 1990s.

Recently, the island nation confirmed the deployment of Albatross drones as well as F-16 jets armed with anti-ship Harpoon missiles in the country’s Dongsha (Pratas) and Taiping islands, with Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson Shi Shun-wen stating that the decision was taken in accordance with the government’s South China Sea policy and aims to improve the Coast Guard’s defense capabilities on the islands.

According to David Axe, a contributor to Forbes, the decision was Taiwan’s way of countering China’s intensive Naval exercises in the region, with the island nation increasingly becoming a focal point in the confrontation between Beijing and Washington.

       “The motivation behind Taipei’s response is obvious. A Chinese war game could, in an instant, turn into an actual invasion of Taiwan. And even if it doesn’t, the upcoming concentration of Chinese forces represents a rare opportunity for Taiwanese intelligence to register Chinese ships and their capabilities.”

Just last week, PLA, while conducting a fresh round of live-fire exercises, reportedly fired two missiles as a warning to the US carriers and regional bases in the South China Sea region, between the Hainan Province and the disputed Paracel Islands, where the two countries have been holding a series of military exercises separately. According to press reports, two missiles, including an “aircraft-carrier killer” was a warning signal to the US forces.

Beijing continues to claim Taiwan and has vowed to seize it one day, by force if necessary. Under President Xi Jinping, it has become more aggressive, especially after the 2016 election as president of Tsai Ing-wen, who rejects the idea of a “one China” and sees Taiwan as a de facto sovereign state.

Mansij Asthana




sukhoi-su-35 sukhoi-su-35
Featured14 mins ago

Setback For Su-30 As Russian Su-35 Jet Shoots It Down After An Intense Dogfight

In a bizarre incident that happened over the Russian skies on Tuesday, a Russian Su-35S fighter jet reportedly shot-down Su-30SM...

Gangayaan-ISRO Gangayaan-ISRO
Featured2 hours ago

ISRO’ Satellite Communications Attacked By Chinese Hackers – CASI Report

While concerns over China’s increasing space warfare capabilities have been highlighted in a recent Pentagon report, another U.S. think-tank has...

Featured4 hours ago

India Tests Powerful Short Range Prithvi-II Missile Amid Soaring Tensions With China, Pakistan

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India has successfully test-fired the indigenous Prithvi – II missile, the third...

jet jet
Europe4 hours ago

Doors Still Open For India To Co-Develop ‘Tempest’ Sixth-Gen Fighter Jet With The UK

In 2007, India and Russia had agreed to jointly build a fifth-generation fighter jet called Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA)...

rafale-jets rafale-jets
Featured9 hours ago

36 More Rafales: France Wants India To Order More Rafale Jets For DRDO To Acquire Aero-Engine Tech?

As Indian netizens have widely celebrated the arrival of 4.5 generation Rafale jets and the Indian media threatening Pakistan and...

dalai-lama dalai-lama
Americas10 hours ago

After Xinjiang, China Pushing Tibetans Into Forced Labour, Re-Education Camps

China is allegedly pushing Tibetans into military-style labour camps similar to the ones in Xinjiang, according to a Reuters report....

Saudi-Israel Saudi-Israel
Featured19 hours ago

Saudi Arabia Fully Supports US’ Efforts To Get Israel, Palestine On Negotiating Table – King Salman

King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday said that Saudi Arabia supports Washington’s efforts to bring the Palestinian and Israeli sides...

Americas19 hours ago

Pentagon Blew COVID-19 Funds To Buy Military Equipment; ArcelorMittal, Rolls-Royce Awarded Big Contacts

Pentagon blew up $1 billion appropriated for the pandemic by the Congress to finance military equipment including jet engine parts,...

Featured23 hours ago

Afghan Top Negotiator Abdullah Abdullah To Visit Pakistan To Discuss Afghan Peace Process

The top Afghan peace negotiator – Abdullah Abdullah is in talks with the Taliban and could travel to Pakistan next...

s400-russia s400-russia
Featured23 hours ago

British & NATO Jets Jamming The Radars Of Powerful S-400 Systems – Russian Experts

The stealth-hunting S-400 surface-to-air-missiles are the most advanced long and medium-range surface-to-air missile systems currently being operated by Russia, China,...