(FiveNation.com)- In a speech to Taiwan’s parliament this week, Taiwan defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said that Beijing has the capacity to mount a full-scale invasion of Taiwan by 2025.
Chiu said that while Beijing could attack immediately, China is looking to reduce the cost of such an invasion before giving the order. But by 2025, China will have brought the cost and attrition to its lowest point, adding that China’s current show of force is “the most serious” he has seen in forty years.
This show of force Chiu was referring to was China sending nearly 150 warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace from Friday until Monday. On Sunday alone, 39 fighter jets passed to the south of Taiwan – setting a single-day record for Chinese incursion. A record that was broken on Monday when 56 jets breached Taiwan’s airspace.
The sheer number of incursions, Chiu explained, increase the risk of “misfire” in the Taiwan Strait.
And while Taiwan faces invasion, President Biden is struggling to reassure the American people and Taiwan that all is well. On Tuesday, President Biden said that he has spoken with President Xi of China and both have “agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement.” However, the call Biden referred to took place back on September 9 – long before China dramatically stepped up its military operations in the Taiwan Strait.
Meanwhile, Beijing’s propaganda outfit the Global Times has kicked the saber-rattling up several notches – threatening the US and Taiwan with “World War Three” should they continue to collude against China.
Taiwan is ruled by the Republic of China, a group which previously controlled mainland China and fought against the Communist Party when it first emerged during China’s civil war in 1949.
While Taiwan views itself as an autonomous country, China maintains that it is part of the People’s Republic of China.
For thirty years, the United States had recognized the exiled government in Taipei as China’s legitimate ruler. But in 1979, President Jimmy Carter announced that he would recognize the Communist Chinese government in Beijing as China’s legitimate government.
The US passed the Taiwan Relations Act that same year which granted Taiwan near-nation status. It also mandated that the United States continue to sell weapons to Taiwan’s government.
In 2019, China’s President Xi Jinping gave his infamous speech committing himself to the “reunification” of Taiwan with mainland China, vowing to use force if necessary.