China Threatens Taiwan with 'Immediate War' amid Reports Region Has 30,000 US Troops
Relations between the two countries have come under strain
Communist China has threatened Taiwan with "immediate war" after reports that the region had 30,000 U.S troops, which turned out to be false.
Following the alleged "external interference and provocations," Chinese warships, fighter jets, and anti-submarine aircraft were dispatched close to the island nation.
Beijing's state-run media attacked Taiwan following a tweet from a US Senator claiming there were 30,000 troops in the region.
Republican John Cornyn claimed there were "30,000" American soldiers in Taiwan.
The claims led to a scathing response from the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times, Hu Xijin, who said Beijing would "immediately launch a war to eliminate and expel the US soldiers."
"Now, the US and the Taiwan authorities must explain.
"If it is true that the US 30,000, or less than that number, soldiers stationed on the Taiwan island, Chinese military forces will immediately launch a war to eliminate and expel the US soldiers."
Taiwan has criticized the continuous Chinese military presence in its region, which is part of a pressure campaign to force the island to accept Beijing's sovereignty.
Tensions boiled over when Global Times reported that Taiwan should be "trembling" as the U.S. "won't protect it" after "weak" Joe Biden abandoned Afghanistan.
#环球时报Editorial: From what happened in Afghanistan, those in Taiwan should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours and US military won’t come to help. As a result, the DPP will quickly surrender. https://t.co/ZUrZmcsSWf pic.twitter.com/wFG4vrHbTo— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 16, 2021
The propaganda outlet began its polemic by asserting, “The US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan has led to the rapid demise of the Kabul government.
"The world has witnessed how the US evacuated its diplomats by helicopter while Taliban soldiers crowded into the presidential palace in Kabul."
Relations between the two countries have come under strain after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen blasted the "One China" policy pursued by Beijing, which doesn't recognize Taiwanese independence.
Taiwan is viewed as a breakaway province rather than a separate sovereign country under the policy.
According to a senior official familiar with Taiwan's security planning, claimed China's air force had carried out a "capturing air supremacy."
"In addition to seeking air supremacy over Taiwan, they have also been conducting frequent electronic reconnaissance and electronic interference operations," the official said.
The Chinese military said in a statement that the United States and Taiwan have "repeatedly colluded in provocation and sent serious wrong signals, severely infringing upon China's sovereignty, and severely undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait."
"This exercise is a necessary action based on the current security situation across the Taiwan Strait and the need to safeguard national sovereignty."
"It is a solemn response to external interference and provocations by Taiwan independence forces."