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    CHINA's government accidentally sparked a "doomsday prepper" frenzy after advice to stockpile essentials led to fears of imminent war. Panicking shoppers across the country rushed out to buy food, water and survival gear as rumours spread of all-out conflict with Taiwan that might drag in the US and its allies. 5Empty shelves at a supermarket amid panic buying in China this week 5Shoppers scrabbled to get hold of the last bags of rice, flour and noodles The panic was sparked - apparently by accident - by a Ministry of Commerce notice suggesting families stock up on food in case of emergencies. It immediately sparked speculation the government was expecting shortages over winter. Some believed it meant an invasion of Taiwan was imminent following increasingly extreme threats from Beijing aimed at the US. Others are said to have feared they were about to be plunged into a severe lockdown to stop a Covid outbreak. Empty shelves and long queues were seen in supermarkets across China as the online rumours fuelled panic buying of groceries. Shoppers were seen jostling for the last...
    CHINA has reportedly placed its military on "high alert" as state controlled media warned Taiwan of a looming "doomsday" amid fears of invasion. Beijing and Taipei are feared to be sitting on the brink of a conflict which could end up drawing in the US and potentially spiralling into World War 3. 2 Both sides have traded barbs - and now China has issued some of its most strongly worded threats to date as it vows to "reunify" with the separatist island that has claimed independence since 1949. Chinese defense ministry spokesman Tan Kefei described Beijing's military as an "high alert" and "ready to fight any time", according to Communist Party controlled newspaper The Global Times. And he fired back at the US who accused China of destabilising the region by carrying out military drills which are seen as squarely aimed at Taiwan. Dozens of warplanes have been buzzing the island's air space and mass beach landing operations have been carried out in exercises that are widely seen as rehearsals for - or at least threats of -...
    China will be capable of staging a “full scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025, Taiwan’s defense minister warned legislators in Taipei on Wednesday. “By 2025, China will bring the cost and attrition to its lowest. It has the capacity now, but it will not start a war easily, having to take many other things into consideration,” Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said at a Taiwanese parliamentary session on October 6. Lawmakers asked Chiu “about Beijing’s ability to attack Taiwan on all fronts” during the meeting. “The Chinese Communists already have the ability to do so now, but they need to think about the cost and consequence of starting a war,” Chiu responded, as quoted by the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Chiu Kuo-cheng, the new chief of Taiwan’s main intelligence agency National Security Bureau (NSB), attends his first press conference since taking office at NSB headquarters in Taipei on August 2, 2019. (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images) A military expenditure committee of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, or unicameral legislature, met on Wednesday to review a proposed spending...
    (CNN)China could be capable of mounting a "full-scale" invasion of Taiwan by 2025, the island's defense minister said Wednesday -- days after record numbers of Chinese warplanes flew into Taiwan's air defense zone."With regards to staging an attack on Taiwan, they currently have the ability. But [China] has to pay the price," Chiu Kuo-cheng, the defense minister, told Taiwanese journalists on Wednesday.But he said that by 2025, that price will be lower -- and China will be able to mount a "full-scale" invasion.Chiu's comments came after China sent 150 warplanes, including fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers, into Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) since October 1.At a parliament meeting Wednesday, Chiu described cross-strait military tensions as "the most serious" in more than 40 years since he joined the military, Taiwan's official Central News Agency (CNA) reported.Read MoreAt the meeting, the Taiwan military submitted a report to lawmakers saying China's anti-intervention and blockade capabilities around the Taiwan Strait will become mature by 2025, according to CNA.The lawmakers also reviewed an $8.6 billion special defense budget for homemade weapons, including missiles and...
    CHINA will soon be capable of mounting a full scale invasion of Taiwan, the island's foreign minister has said. Chiu Kuo-cheng's warning comes as Beijing said war could be triggered "at any time" in a chilling warning to the West. 6The USS Carl Vinson, JS Ise, HMS Queen Elizabeth and the USS Ronald Reagan taking part in a joint exerciseCredit: U.S. Indo-Pacific Command 6A Chinese state-run paper warned war with the US was drawing ever closerCredit: AP Beijing launched into a tirade against the US and its allies after 56 Chinese warplanes crossed into Taiwan's air defence zone on Monday. Chiu said the relationship between Taiwan and China were at their lowest for forty years. While Beijing can't mount an invasion that will soon change, he warned. Chui said he feared that by "2025, China will bring the cost and attrition to its lowest". "For me as a military man, the urgency is right in front of me" As tensions mount, Joe Biden said he spoke Xi Jinping tensions and the pair affirmed that they would "abide by the...
    President Joe Biden vowed that the United States would “respond” to any possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan, pushing back on criticism from Chinese state-run media that the U.S. debacle and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan should make the island of Taiwan question whether the U.S. would protect it or abandon it. Biden made the remarks during an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, with Biden comparing the U.S. commitment to Taiwan to the commitment the U.S. has made to its NATO allies. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul had to be abandoned over the weekend, and Hamid Karzai International Airport erupted into chaos as crowds of Afghans attempted to flee when the Taliban marched into Kabul on Sunday, with thousands of Americans and Afghan allies stuck in the country. Stephanopoulos said China was already telling Taiwan, “See? You can't count on the Americans.” Biden pushed back. “Why wouldn't China say that?” Biden responded. “Look, George, the idea that we — there's a fundamental difference between Taiwan, South Korea, NATO. We are in a situation where they are in...
    THERE are fears WW3 could be closer than previously thought after China boasts that the US would have "no chance" of stopping an invasion of Taiwan. Du Wenlong, a military expert at China's Military Culture Society, said US efforts to stall a potential military invasion of the island would end in failure. 5China says US troops would have 'no chance' of stopping an invasion of TaiwanCredit: Alamy 5Two Chinese submarines in the South China SeaCredit: Getty - Contributor 5President Joe Biden has reaffirmed the US' commitment to Taiwan's national securityCredit: AFP Asked if a potential military strike on Taiwan could be thwarted by the US, Wenlong said his country's forces would arrive on the island "in a very short amount of time", effectively giving American troops "no chance to intervene in a Taiwan Strait conflict". The warning comes as tensions rise in the seas around China where the US and Japan are reported to have been holding joint military exercises. The US also recently signed a $2.2bn (£1.8bn) weapons deal with Taipei to beef up its defences, angering Beijing, and...
    Outgoing Prime Minister of Haiti Claude Joseph confirmed the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in the early hours of Wednesday by suspected foreign mercenaries in an “odious, inhuman, and barbaric act.” Moïse took over for predecessor Michel Martelly in the aftermath of the chaotic 2015 elections as a placeholder president. Moïse insisted that his term began in 2017, thus making him legitimate president through 2022, but faced opposition who claimed that his term had expired by this year and branded him a dictator. Opposition leaders attempted to install a parallel president, 72-year-old judge Joseph Mécène, in February, but Mécène has not received any international recognition and has not made any significant public pronouncements since allegedly becoming president. In addition to pressure from opposition leaders to step down, Moïse faced mounting demands from Haitian business leaders to consider establishing relations with China. Haiti is one of the few remaining nations in the world to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty and maintain close ties to that country. Under the Communist Party’s “One China” policy, Beijing does not maintain any diplomatic relations with countries that recognize Taiwan. In...
    A top U.S. admiral warned lawmakers Tuesday that the possibility of China attempting to invade and annex Taiwan is a “critical concern” and could happen sooner than most people think. Adm. John Aquilino, currently the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, was responding to questions from Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. “Why would Beijing so desire to have Taiwan annexed to the mainland, and how would it complicate your military planning if Beijing did invade and annex Taiwan?” Cotton asked. “They view it as their number one priority,” Aquilino responded, referring to China’s likely future attempt to annex Taiwan. “The rejuvenation of the Chinese Communist Party is at stake.” WATCH: When Cotton asked about a recent prediction from Adm. Philip Davidson, the current head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, that China could attempt to invade Taiwan within the next six years, Aquilino did not endorse that specific timeline. He said “there’s many numbers out there” for a potential invasion timeline ranging...
    March 10, 2021 4:30 PM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. US Admiral Philip Davidson warned of a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan in the next 6 years and in the midst of increasing tension to seize military power in Asia. “I am concerned that China is unleashing its ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership in the world order by 2050,” he said to the senior official in the country’s Army, who serves as the 25th Commander of the Indo Command. -United States Pacific. Thus, the admiral stated that Taiwan “is clearly part of China’s plan”. He also noted that “the threat will manifest itself throughout the decade, especially during the next six years.” China continues to consider Taiwan as one of its provinces under its sovereignty. The Administration of former President Donald Trump registered a rapprochement with Taiwan as tensions with the Chinese government increased, especially on issues related to trade and national security. Now, the Administration of President Joe Biden has offered Taiwan a continuation of the support previously received. In that sense, he...
    Getty HONG KONG—When Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping visited a military base in Southeast China this month, he told members of the party’s Marine Corps to “focus your minds and energy on preparing to go to war.” His speech came shortly after the Trump administration said it would move forward with a $7 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which China has threatened to retaliate against if it goes through. Xi has long wanted to absorb Taiwan under the Communist Party’s rule—he’s openly stated his ambition to “reunify” the democratic island with mainland China while he is the party’s helmsman. And his strategy to dominate Taiwan includes more than gunboats, jets, and boots on the ground. For decades, party leadership in Beijing has leaned on what Xi calls his “magic weapon” to leverage trade relationships and shared ethnic roots to lay the groundwork for entrenched CCP influence in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora abroad: wielding soft power through China’s United Front Work Department. Taiwan Preps for an Invasion From China as Tensions Heat Up Compared to...
    China is ramping up its military presence along the mainland’s eastern coast as it prepares for a possible invasion of Taiwan, according to a report. The People’s Liberation Army has upgraded missile bases and deployed a new hypersonic missile -the country’s most advanced. “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing a Beijing-based military source. “The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately.” The DF-17, with a maximum range of 1,550 miles, was rolled out at last year’s Oct. 1 National Day parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The report said satellite images show that the Marine Corps and Rocket Force bases in Fujian and Guangdong provinces just west of the waterway separating China and Taiwan have expanded in recent years. “Every rocket force brigade in Fujian and Guangdong is now fully equipped,” Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of the Canada-based Kanwa Defence Review, told the...
    China has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile to its coastal areas near Taiwan to 'prepare for a possible invasion' of the island, a report has revealed. Beijing's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been stepping up militarisation in the regions of Fujian and Zhejiang by placing its top-secret DF-17 missile in the area, according to South China Morning Post, citing an anonymous military source. A Chinese state-run newspaper has branded the report as 'merely speculation'. But it immediately asserted that Beijing's DF-17 was 'impossible to be intercepted' and could 'effectively deter Taiwan secessionists'.  China has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile to its southeast borders near Taiwan to 'prepare for a possible invasion' of the island, a report has revealed. FILE: Military vehicles carrying the DF-17 hypersonic missiles roll past the Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019 The news comes as the Chinese military has been boasting about its combat capabilities and ramping live-fire drills amid rising tensions between China and self-ruled Taiwan. Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army march during a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the...
    United States National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien delivered warnings regarding China on Friday, while also praising Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters. Speaking at a webinar hosted by the non-partisan Aspen Institute, O'Brien expressed concern over China's iron-fisted rule in the Xinjiang region. "If not a genocide, something close to it going on in Xinjiang," O'Brien told the online audience. Xinjiang is home to millions of China's ethnic minority of Uighur Muslims. The northwest region of China is also home to internment camps, which the Chinese Communist Party officially calls "vocational education and training centers." There could be as many as 3 million Uighur Muslims detained in the secret re-education camps, according to Randall Schriver, former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs. O'Brien said, "The Chinese are literally shaving the heads of Uighur women and making hair products and sending them to the United States." O'Brien is citing the seizure of 13 tons of hair products worth more than $800,000 at the Port of New York/Newark by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in June. The...
    CHINESE troops have staged an invasion drill of Taiwan by simulating an attack in a large-scale military exercise. Thousands of airborne and amphibious soldiers are seen attacking an unidentified island with rockets and drones in a video released by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) on Saturday. 9The exercise is thought to have taken place off the south-eastern China coastCredit: CCTV Military 9The large-scale military exercise used live ammunitionCredit: CCTV Military 9The exercise has raised tensions between China and Taiwan, which were already highCredit: CCTV Military The exercise comes amid rising political tensions between China and Taiwan after Beijing aired a purported confession from a Taiwanese businessman who is being held captive on spying charges. Although Taiwan has been under self-rule for more than seven decades China considers Taiwan as part of its territory, to be absorbed into the mainland, using force if necessary. The island though has a defence pact with the US, indicating any military action by China could spark a super power conflict in the region. China has been increasing the pressure on the island since President...
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