Beijing sent 77 military airplanes near Taiwan’s airspace within 48 hours last week, which was the highest number reported since Taipei has been counting.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told its military to “heighten its readiness and prepare for warfighting,” Derek Grossman, a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation policy think tank, told CNN. Despite the incursion, he called the chances of an invasion remote.
“The PLA [People’s Liberation Army] still has many vulnerabilities, especially when faced with the near-certain intervention of the United States with possibly—probably?—Japanese and Australian support. China understands the severe downsides of a failed attack or invasion of Taiwan and will probably continue to bide its time.”
The CNN report said Friday’s incursion came on the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The report said the aggression Saturday came in two waves, with 20 planes during the day and 19 at night, according to Taipei. The buffet of planes included 26 J-16 fighters, 10 Su-30 fighters, and two anti-submarine warning aircraft, the report said.
The Trends Journal has reported on China’s aggression in the region and the fact that Taiwan is no match militarily with China. (See “TAIWAN MILITARY RAMP-UP WILL NOT STOP CHINA,” “CHINA TO TAKE TAIWAN: A MATTER OF TIME,” and “CHINA MILITARY. READY FOR WAR?”)
We reported in January that Col. Wu Qian, China’s Defense Ministry spokesman, said, “The PLA will take all necessary measures to resolutely defeat any attempt by the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatists, and firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity” and that Taiwan is an “inalienable part of China.”
AntiWar.com reported in August that Adm. John Aquilino, the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that the U.S. military is the “greatest military on the planet” and is prepared for any Chinese aggression.
“We are here to continue to operate to ensure peace and prosperity throughout the region, and we have to be in a position to ensure that the status quo remains as it applies to Taiwan,” he said.
The report said the conversation drifted to the possibility that China might invade Taiwan. He said the U.S. is prepared for “any contingency” that could occur.
Beijing sees Taiwan as part of its territory and will “unify” the renegade island—separated by the Taiwan Strait—with force if needed. Taiwan, which is home to about 24 million, has been governed independently since 1949.
The Council on Foreign Relations wrote,
“Beijing claims that Taiwan is bound by an understanding known as the 1992 Consensus, which was reached between representatives of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) party that then ruled Taiwan. However, the two sides don’t agree on the content of this so-called consensus, and it was never intended to address the question of Taiwan’s legal status.”
The U.S. State Department called China’s recent actions “destabilizing” and reiterated its “rock solid” commitment to Taipei.
“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” the department said.
TREND FORECAST: Despite condemnations when they do so, there will be no military forces from other nations that will challenge Communist China’s military might. Indeed, America, with the largest military in the world, has not won a war since World War II and cannot even win against third-world nations such as Afghanistan after invading that nation some 20 years ago.
Should war break out between China and Taiwan, we forecast the Taiwanese military will not aggressively fight back, since doing so would result in millions of deaths and mass destruction.
TREND FORECAST: “TOP TRENDS OF 2021: THE RISE OF CHINA:” As we have forecast, the 20th century was the American century—the 21st century will be the Chinese century. The business of China is business; the business of America is war.
While America spent countless trillions waging and losing endless wars and enriching its military-industrial complex, China has spent its trillions advancing the nation’s businesses and building its 21st-century infrastructure.
Moreover, it should be made clear that despite the scores of trillions U.S. taxpayers have poured into the pockets of the military/industrial/intelligence complex, the “We’re #1” nation has not won a war since World War II… a war that the U.S.S.R. was also instrumental in fighting the Axis powers.
Therefore, absent pure insanity (which reigns deep in the heartless souls and egotistical minds of politicians), considering the weaponry of New Millennium Warfare, which Gerald Celente had detailed in his keynote speaker address at the Virginia Military Institute in 2000, a war between the U.S. and China would be the end of life on earth as we know it.
As Albert Einstein noted when asked what weapons would be used to fight World War III, he said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”