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Taiwan flexes missile muscle as China talks up reunification plans

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https://www.news.com.au/technology/...s/news-story/8c3c62eaaa0366fcf9489aff95b4186e

China says it will take Taiwan back under control with force if necessary. But the island nation appears to have other ideas.

China’s president Xi Jinping has ramped up the country’s rhetoric about absorbing Taiwan back into the Chinese mainland but the independent island nation isn’t going without a fight.

The democratic nation of nearly 24 million people responded to China’s declared intention of diplomatic annexation by flexing its military muscle.
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Taiwan doesn't stand a chance against the military might of China but it intends to defend itself by making the annexation process as bloody as possible. Taiwan released a videos showing off its supersonic missile system capable of warding off Chinese warships. An improved Mach 3 anti-ship missile is in development along with an improved turbojet engine for cruise missiles.

'The US has remained active in The Taiwan Strait to counteract China’s growing assertiveness. In a kind of diplomatic brinkmanship, both countries have been keen to project a show of force in the region, raising fears it could become a flashpoint for conflict.'
 

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Another mess that will not end anytime soon.
 

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Another mess that will not end anytime soon.

China has emerged as our major national security threat, almost as Japan did in the late 1930s-early 1940s. And we know how that challenge ended: world war on multiple fronts.
 

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Perhaps, if China won't pressure North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons, the U.S. could say it is "resigned" to the proliferation of nuclear weapons among several nations on the Pacific Rim. Wink, wink, nod, nod.
 

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A certain nation made a BIG mistake in thinking that it could take on the United States in 1941.

China's leaders should think twice before taking on Taiwan, which is supported by the United States.

The chaos that would follow in the wake of a bloody conflict could lead to what the Chinese Communists fear most: the end of Communist rule in China.

Hopefully, Taiwan will continue to deploy weapons that will make the dictators in Beijing think twice.
 

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“The issue of Taiwan is part of China’s domestic politics. It is a core interest of China, and the … feelings of the Chinese people, and foreign interference is intolerable,” he said.

The speech was delivered to officials, military officers, and guests in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, according to the New York Times.

“We make no promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures,” he also said, according to the Times.

Xi is a right-winger who is close to the People's Liberation Army but the Aussie source in the OP is somewhat misleading or paranoid to claim that Communist China is ready to invade Taiwan. Xi warned against America's interference with Taiwan's reunification because foreign interference is intolerable for the patriotic Chinese. Probably Xi is worried that Trump will do something drastic to frustrate China's reunification efforts and he warned that China will use force to stop America's military intervention.

The Trump–Tsai call was a telephone conversation between the U.S President-elect Donald Trump and the President of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) Tsai Ing-wen which took place on December 2, 2016. This event marked the first time since 1979 that a U.S. President or President-elect had directly spoken with a ROC President. In the call, Tsai congratulated Trump for his victory in the presidential election. The two leaders spoke for around 10 minutes, focusing on politics, economy, and security in Asia-Pacific. Following the call, Trump publicized this on Twitter and Facebook and said thank you to "the President of Taiwan". After Trump's transition team confirmed the event, the Presidential Office of Taiwan released a statement about the content of the call.[1][2][3]
 
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