Taiwan Urges China to Stop 'Continuous Military Harassment'

    Taiwan Urges China to Stop 'Continuous Military Harassment'
    Last updated Sep 18, 2023
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    • Taiwan's defense ministry has called for Beijing to end its "continuous military harassment" after 103 Chinese military aircraft were reportedly spotted in the waters separating the two nations between Sunday and Monday.
    • The defense ministry detected the aircraft and nine Chinese naval chips between 6 a.m. (local time) Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday morning and warned that such "destructive military activities" were set to "worsen regional security."
    • 40 of the identified aircraft were seen crossing the symbolic median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial barrier between Taipei and Beijing.
    • The number of military aircraft detected near Taiwan within the 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday surpassed the previous record set in April, which saw 91 warplanes active in the region.
    • When questioned by the media over Beijing's military activities concerning Taiwan, PRC foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning dismissed the existence of a "median line" separating the island from mainland China, describing Taiwan as PRC territory.
    • In response to China's military activity, Taiwan stated that both aircraft and naval ships were deployed alongside the use of land-based missile systems in order to track Beijing's operations. Since the beginning of September, Beijing has reportedly positioned at least 310 military aircraft and 124 naval ships in sorties near areas surrounding Taiwan.


    Anti-China narrative

    China's ongoing economic and domestic troubles are a cause for concern for Beijing, making an invasion of Taiwan far less viable than previously imagined. China's collapse in the short term is highly unlikely, but to risk international embarrassment through an unsuccessful attempt to retake the island would leave Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party on unstable footing. While Taiwan remains supported by the US and Beijing remains focused on more urgent matters, it seems likely that PRC aggression can be contained.

    Pro-China narrative

    China continues to advocate against military intervention across the Taiwan Strait. However, the issue is one that is held dear to all those who recognize and respect Chinese sovereignty, integrity, and national identity. The longer the US continues to encourage Taiwan and ignores the One-China principle, the greater the chances of potential conflict. The reality of mainland China and Taiwan's inseparable connection cannot be ignored forever.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 53% chance that China will successfully control Taiwan within three years, If they invade Taiwan before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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