Just ONE DAY after the United States collapse in Afghanistan, China's Eastern Theater Army Command dispatched warships, anti-submarine warfare aircraft, and fighter jets to surrounding maritime and aerial areas near the island of Taiwan. The publicly stated reason is for military "exercises" including joint live-fire assaults and testing the command troops' integrated joint operation capabilities, Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson of the command, announced.
FEARS of World War Three have been reignited after China warned Taiwan it should be "trembling" as the US "won't protect" the island from invasion.
With chaotic scenes erupting across Afghanistan amid a Taliban takeover after President Joe Biden decided to withdraw US troops after 20 years, Beijing has warned Taiwan "can't rely" on America in a crisis.
Senior Colonel Shi Yi of the People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command said "Recently, the US and Taiwan authorities have been frequently colluding and making provocations, sending wrong signals that severely violates China's sovereignty and seriously damage peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits. They have become the biggest source of security risk in the region."
The exercises are a necessary action taken based on the current security situation in the Taiwan Straits and the need to safeguard national sovereignty, and are a solemn response to the foreign interferences and the provocations by "Taiwan independence" forces, Col. Shi Yi continued.
He went on to say the PLA Eastern Theater Command will continue to boost its war preparedness and related training, and is determined and capable of crushing any "Taiwan independence" secessionist activities and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of the China Foreign Affairs University, said he believes the US is set to "cast aside" Taiwan should Taipei push for independence.
"The US' fleeing action is a warning to the Taiwan secessionists, or rather, a forecast," he told the Global Times.
Meanwhile, Jin Canrong - associate dean of the School of International Studies at the Renmin University of China - accused the US of holding "empty promises".
He told the outlet: "Those who have a clear mind should understand that Taiwan residents can't rely on the US.
"However, given the ideology-driven influence, some observers may see the situation in the island as being different from that in Afghanistan, but there's one thing in common - America's empty promise."
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has long threatened to use force to bring it under its control.
Relations between the pair have been strained after the Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen hit back at the "One China" policy pursued by Beijing, which does not recognize Taiwanese independence.
Under the policy, Taiwan is viewed as a breakaway province of the country rather than a separate country with its own government.
The One China policy is a key cornerstone of Sino-US diplomatic relations and was recognized by former president Donald Trump.
Washington, however, has always maintained a “robust unofficial” relationship with Taiwan and has continued to sell arms to the island.
Hal Turner Editorial Opinion
Yesterday's collapse of United States operations inside Afghanistan seems to have spawned China's military deployment today. After seeing the US completely botch the removal of troops from Afghanistan, missing a May 1 Deadline agreed to by former President Trump, and then watching helplessly as the Taliban took over vast swaths of the country, and force-out the Afghan President, the United States looks weak to the rest of the world.
Our competitors and adversaries see this weakness and are moving to exploit it.
This is what Americans caused when they failed to confront the election fraud that allowed Joe Biden to steal the US Presidency in November 2020. The world sees and knows that Biden is an illegitimate President, and now also sees the heretofore vaunted American people are little more than docile sheep, that won't even stand up and fight when their right to vote is erased by brazen, visible, fraud.
Things are likely to get much, much, worse for the United States as this charade of a Constitutional Republic is laid bare by an inept and illegitimate President, and a people who turned out to be political weaklings...
The United States has shown weakness in the disastrous action in Afghanistan, and for people with the communist mindset, when you show weakness you attract their violence.