China’s CCP warns; America will ‘face an unbearable price’ over Taiwan policy,

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The upgraded US-made F-16 V fighters displayed at a ceremony at the Chiayi Air Force in southern Taiwan on November 18, 2021. Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP

“The US violated the promises made when China and the US established diplomatic relations, condoned and encouraged ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, and tried to distort and hollow out the one-China principle,” Wang Yi said.

Full Story: https://hongkongfp.com/2021/12/31/us-will-face-an-unbearable-price-over-taiwan-policy-china-warns/

“This will not only bring Taiwan into an extremely dangerous situation, but also cause the US to face an unbearable price.”

Video – Taiwan War Games: Mock urban battles with China…

Rumble — Troops and armored vehicles were deployed in Taiwan Thursday in a simulation of urban warfare against Chinese forces.

About 80% of Taiwan’s 23mn population live in urban areas, where Army Infantry School instructor Kiwi Yang expects Beijing to wage its battle plans in the event of an invasion.

Last year Taipei recorded 970 incursions into its airspace in 2021, up from 380 in 2020, while the People’s Liberation Army staged its own mock invasion urban battle drills last month according to state TV

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Case documents reveal extent of China’s CCP and PLA spying in Taiwan’s military

Soldiers take part in the annual Han Kuang military drill, simulating the China's People's Liberation Army invading the island, in Yilan, Taiwan, in August 2016. | REUTERS
Soldiers take part in the annual Han Kuang military drill, simulating the China’s People’s Liberation Army invading the island, in Yilan, Taiwan, in August 2016. | REUTERS
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For more than 20 years, Xie Xizhang presented himself as a Hong Kong businessman on visits to Taiwan. He now stands accused of having another mission: recruiting spies for China. Continue reading “Case documents reveal extent of China’s CCP and PLA spying in Taiwan’s military”

China seems to be on a “hoarding spree,” stockpiling strategic commodities-Many Supplied by US

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China seems to be on a “hoarding spree,” stockpiling strategic commodities from chips, minerals to grains and cotton. In its global purchases, the United States is one of its largest suppliers.

Beijing has been hoarding chips. Industry experts believe China’s nationwide hoarding played a role in the global chip shortage. In fact, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation in August launched a probe into hoarding and other speculative practices as the regime found it disrupted its own market.

Continue reading “China seems to be on a “hoarding spree,” stockpiling strategic commodities-Many Supplied by US”

Taiwan Scrambles Fighters to Warn Off Chinese Aircraft as Xi Meets With Top Generals

Taiwan said it scrambled combat aircraft to warn away 27 Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone on Sunday in yet another Chinese incursion across the Taiwan Strait.

The latest Chinese incursion involved 18 fighter jets and five H-6 bombers, as well as a Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said.

Full Story: https://www.ntd.com/taiwan-scrambles-fighters

Taiwan – Companies Accused of Recruiting Semiconductor Experts for the CCP..

A woman looks through a magnifier to see a 2GB RAM from a notebook during the semi-tech show in Taipei 10 in May 2007.  (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman looks through a magnifier to see a 2GB RAM from a notebook during the semi-tech show in Taipei 10 in May 2007. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Local prosecutors and law enforcement officials on March 9 raided seven locations and questioned 19 individuals in an investigation over China’s poaching of Taiwanese semiconductor experts.

The 19 individuals included four Taiwanese senior executives of two Taiwan-based tech companies, WiseCore Technology Co., Ltd. and IC Link Limited, according to a press release from the prosecutor’s office in New Taipei City.

The two companies were set up through a joint venture between an unnamed China-based semiconductor design company and a group of Taiwanese semiconductor design experts. The Chinese company had Taiwanese experts hold senior executive positions at the two companies and asked them to recruit their former co-workers.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/taiwanese-companies-accused-of-recruiting-semiconductor

 

Taiwan ‘Will Defend Its Sovereignty’ Against China…

Taiwan 'Will Defend Its Sovereignty' Against China's Ambitions
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The democratic island of Taiwan on Friday vowed to defend its national sovereignty as China said it would step up exchanges in a bid to involve the nation of 23 million people — most of whom have no wish to be ruled by Beijing — in its plan for “national rejuvenation.”

“We must stick to our key policies in our work with Taiwan,” Chinese premier Li Keqiang told the National People’s Congress (NPC) annual session in Beijing.

Li said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which has never ruled Taiwan, would “resolutely curb separatist activities” there, as well as “promoting cross-strait exchanges and cooperation and integrated development, and working together to create a bright future for national rejuvenation.”

Full Story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/defend-03052021123440.html

Germany’s BioNTech SE plans to provide COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan….

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TAIPEI, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Germany’s BioNTech SE plans to provide COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan, the company said, after the island complained the firm in December pulled out of a deal to buy 5 million doses at the last minute, possibly due to Chinese pressure.

Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung on Wednesday said officials were on the verge of announcing the deal in December when BioNTech pulled the plug, though added that the deal was still pending and had not been torn up.

While he did not directly say China was to blame, Chen implied there was a political dimension to the decision and that he had been worried about “outside forces intervening,” hence his caution in discussing the planned deal publicly at the time.

In an emailed statement late Wednesday, the company said it was planning on providing vaccine to Taiwan.

Full Story: https://news.trust.org/item/20210217232655-d65by

 

China vows ‘appropriate & necessary measures’ in response to US plans to sell Harpoon missiles to Taiwan..

China vows ‘appropriate & necessary measures’ in response to US plans to sell Harpoon missiles to Taiwan
Harpoon missile launchers on the US Navy USS Coronado (LCS 4) which docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on October 2016. © Roslan Rahman / AFP

China will take appropriate and necessary measures to firmly safeguard its national sovereignty and security interests.

Beijing has promised to retaliate after Washington approved yet another deal to sell US-made weapons to Taiwan. China already sanctioned Boeing and Lockheed Martin due to arms trading with Taipei earlier this week.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters that arms sales to Taiwan “violate the ‘One-China’ principle’” and “seriously damage the Chinese-US relations and the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

Article: https://www.rt.com/news/504659-china-measures-taiwan-weapons/

 

China’s launches largest maritime patrol ship in Taiwan Straits…

Haixun 06. Photo: screenshot of CSIC’s 701 Institute’s website

A patrol ship in the Taiwan Straits, developed by the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC), held its launching ceremony on Monday, and will become China’s largest maritime patrol rescue vessel in the Straits after it is commissioned.

The Taiwan Straits is a high-risk area for water traffic accidents in China, and is also a key supervised sea area identified by China’s Ministry of Transport. The large patrol rescue ship’s presence in the Straits can help safeguard the nation’s territorial sea sovereignty and maritime rights and interests.

The ship, Haixun 06, is a 5,000-ton large patrol rescue ship tailored by CSIC’s 701 Institute for the Maritime Safety Administration in East China’s Fujian Province. It is the largest investment since the establishment of the administration and uses the most advanced technology.

Full Story: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202102/1215421.shtml

 

The Sand Dredger; China’s latest weapon against Taiwan….

A member of commander Lin’s crew monitors one of the Chinese dredgers as it leaves the area.| Photo by Ann Wang/REUTERS

Taiwanese coast guard commander Lin Chie-ming is on the frontline of a new type of warfare that China is waging against Taiwan. China’s weapon? Sand.

On a chilly morning in late January, Lin, clad in an orange uniform, stood on the rolling deck of his boat as it patrolled in choppy waters off the Taiwan-run Matsu Islands. A few kilometers away, the Chinese coast was faintly visible from Lin’s boat. He was on the lookout for Chinese sand-dredging ships encroaching on waters controlled by Taiwan.

The Chinese goal, Taiwanese officials say: pressure Taiwan by tying down the island democracy’s naval defenses and undermining the livelihoods of Matsu residents.

Half an hour into the patrol, Lin’s nine-man crew spotted two 3,000-ton dredgers, dwarfing their 100-ton vessel. Parked just outside Taiwan’s waters…

Full Story: https://graphics.reuters.com/TAIWAN-CHINA/SECURITY/jbyvrnzerve/

China CCP Suspected In Hack Of US Federal Payroll Agency Using SolarWind…

Just days after China sent a not-so-subtle warning to Taiwan regarding independence (and by extension, to US President Joe Biden), inside sources at the FBI are leaking details about another cyberattack linked to Solarwind, which made headlines in December after operatives believed to be sponsored by the Russian government used an exploit to compromise classified systems.

This time, however, the villain is China – which federal agents believe used the same SolarWinds exploit as the suspected Russians to break into US government computers and access an unknown quantity of data, according to “five people familiar with the matter.”

Full story: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-suspected-hack

CCP / PLA China says latest U.S. sailing near Taiwan ‘extremely dangerous’

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military said on Wednesday the latest U.S. navy sailing near Chinese-claimed Taiwan was “extremely dangerous” and stirring up such trouble was in neither country’s interests.

The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed through the narrow and sensitive Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, the U.S. navy said, in what have become relatively routine trips in recent months, though they always anger China.

Full story: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-china-taiwan/china

Taiwan warns CCP trying to turn island into ‘next Hong Kong’…

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China is trying to turn democratic Taiwan into another Hong Kong, the island’s foreign minister warned Tuesday as he met with a senior US official making a historic diplomatic trip.

A crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong has gathered pace since China imposed a sweeping security law on the financial hub in June, with opposition politicians disqualified and activists arrested.

Full story: https://hongkongfp.com/2020/08/11/taiwan-foreign-minister-warns-china-trying-to-turn-island-into-next-hong-kong/

Taiwanese Diplomat; ‘Everyone Should Update Their Understanding of China’…

Hsiao Bi-khim, head of Taiwan's trade and economic office in Washington D.C.
Hsiao Bi-khim, head of Taiwan’s trade and economic office in Washington D.C.

Taiwan’s newly appointed representative to its trade and economic office in the United States, Hsiao Bi-khim, has said she will go to bat for the democratic island as a “battle cat” to counter China’s aggressive, “wolf warrior” style of diplomacy.

Hsiao, who started her career as an intern in the same office three decades ago, told journalists shortly after her appointment that she wants to promote ever-closer ties between Washington and Taipei.

A former member of Taiwan’s parliament for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Hsiao told RFA she hopes her approach will serve as a counterweight to China’s aggressive form of “wolf warrior diplomacy” in Washington.

“China has been using its philosophy of ‘wolf warrior diplomacy’ against Taiwan for decades,” Hsiao said. “They have excluded Taiwan from every area and limited Taiwan’s international presence.”

Full story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/update-08072020092444.html

Hollywood self-censors to please CCP China: report

To avoid offending China’s censors, the Taiwanese flag was removed from Tom Cruise’s bomber jacket in the upcoming sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. Image: Sky News

The lure of the massive Chinese market has led Hollywood to readily self-censor its films to please Beijing, according to a new report by Pen America, an anti-censorship group.

Screenwriters, producers and directors in the huge US film industry are changing scripts, deleting scenes and altering other content, afraid of offending Chinese censors who control the gateway to the country’s 1.4 billion consumers, according to the report released Wednesday.

The actions include everything from deleting the Taiwanese flag from Tom Cruise’s bomber jacket in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, to removing China as the source of a zombie virus in 2013’s World War Z.

But it also means completely avoiding sensitive issues including Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong politics, Xinjiang and the portrayal of LGBTQ characters, the report said.

Faced with blacklisting and other punitive measures, Hollywood producers are even censoring films not targeting the Chinese market, in order to not impact others planned for Chinese theaters, Pen America says.

Full story: https://asiatimes.com/2020/08/hollywood-self-censors-to-please-beijing-report/

China accused of deploying more amphibious weapons to eastern coast as tensions with Taiwan rise..

A satellite image appears to show the deployment of amphibious armoured vehicles in the PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command CREDIT: Kanwa Defence Review

China has deployed more amphibious weapons in coastal cities across the 110-mile wide strait that separates China from Taiwan, according to reports of recent satellite images. 

The images published in Canadian military magazine Kanwa Asian Defence show that more Type 05 vehicles had been deployed to China’s Eastern Theatre Command, according to the South China Morning Post.

The Type 05 is a family of amphibious tracked armoured fighting vehicles developed for the navy marine corps of the People’s Liberation Army.

It comes amid rising tensions between Taiwan and China.

China’s communist rulers seek to annex the island of 23 million, which functions like any other nation with its own democratic government and military but lacks widespread recognition as an independent state because of opposition from Beijing….

Full story: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/06/china-deploys-amphibious-weapons-eastern-coast-tensions-taiwan/

China Warns US Against ‘Dangerous Moves’ On Taiwan: Xinhua

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Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe urged his US counterpart in a phone call Thursday to avoid actions and rhetoric on Taiwan and other issues that could escalate tensions between the rivals, state media reported.

Wei urged the US side to stop erroneous words and deeds” and “avoid taking dangerous moves that may escalate the situation,” referring to the status of Taiwan and territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper initiated the call, according to Xinhua, which comes ahead of a contentious visit to Taiwan by US Secretary of Health Alex Azar.

Wei and Esper “exchanged views on the bilateral ties and military relations, as well as the bilateral military exchanges in the next phase,” Xinhua said.

China-US relations are at a low point, with the economic powerhouses clashing on numerous issues ranging from trade to the coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan and the status of Hong Kong.

Beijing views Taiwan as its own territory — vowing to one day seize it — and bristles at any moves by other countries to recognise or communicate with Taipei.