Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the fighter activity by the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) looks like a “rehearsal” for a cross-strait invasion of the island nation that embodies the Chinese dreams of liberty in Asia.
“Cross-strait tensions have been rising in recent months, with Taiwan complaining for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own,” said Reuters.
“I don’t want to speculate, but certainly … it looks a lot like rehearsals,” Austin said while speaking at a conference in California according to the news service.
Earlier this week the former Prime Minister of Japan warned China that any violence against Taiwan by China would be the equivalent of “economic suicide.”
“People in Beijing, particularly President Xi Jinping, should not misjudge that,” warned Shinzo Abe according to DW.com.
“A military adventure would be a path leading to economic suicide,” Abe added.
The Communist regime in Beijing reacted with fury after the comments, summoning the Japanese ambassador to China and saying that Abe comments amounted to support for Taiwanese independence from China.
“It is necessary for China to understand there are people in Japan who have such opinions and Japan cannot accept China’s one-sided views on such matters,” chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said according to DW.com.
“Cross-strait tensions [between China and Taiwan] have been rising in recent months, with Taiwan complaining for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own,” said Reuters.
Taiwan is de facto an independent country, but most nations have agreed on a “one-China” policy which would promote peaceful union between the two Chinese nations eventually.
That policy position has proved to be untenable to many countries as China has unwound most of the reforms over the last two years that created false hope the mainland China would one day become a more liberal country.
But as China’s Communist Party Secretary Chairman Xi has gathered more power into his hand in Beijing, annexation of Hong Kong and the crushing of domestic opposition has made it clear that Xi believes he has an historic mission that eventually will make him the equal if the not the superior of Chairman Mao in Communist history by reunifying any territory lost China during the 100-year of “humiliation” to foreign powers, including Japan.
Xi, like many of the dictators we’ve come to know over the 100-years of their ascendency, is crazy and hopes to write his name in history with the blood of others.