Tensions increase over Chinese J-15 fighter jet flying directly over U.S. Destroyer

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Important Takeaways:

  • Chinese J-15 Fighters Fly Directly Over U.S. Navy Destroyer
  • Chinese J-15 fighter jets, apparently operating from the aircraft carrier Liaoning, are seen flying over a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke class destroyer in a video recently shown on state-run China Central Television
  • While it’s unclear when these images date from, their appearance now is certainly interesting in light of the current raised tensions between China and the United States over Taiwan, as well as reflecting the increasingly routine nature of interactions between U.S. and Chinese forces in the Asia Pacific region.
  • What the encounter does seem to show is further evidence that the carrier arm of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, is increasingly being used in a more active way, to monitor the movements of warships from the U.S. and other navies.

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In an interview with CBS Biden reaffirms defending Taiwan

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Important Takeaways:

  • Biden says U.S. forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion
  • Asked in a CBS 60 Minutes interview broadcast on Sunday whether U.S. forces would defend the democratically governed island claimed by China, he replied: “Yes, if in fact, there was an unprecedented attack.”
  • Asked to clarify if he meant that unlike in Ukraine, U.S. forces – American men and women – would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, Biden replied: “Yes.”
  • The interview was just the latest time that Biden has appeared to go beyond long-standing stated U.S. policy on Taiwan, but his statement was clearer than previous ones about committing U.S. troops to the defend the island.

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Former top Defense Department official warns America should prepare for War with China

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Important Takeaways:

  • Grave Danger for Taiwan as Tensions Soar with China – Is War Now ‘Fearfully Plausible’?
  • China expert Gordon Chang believes Beijing is gearing up for war.
  • “A Chinese entrepreneur factory owner a few weeks ago told me that, local cadres, officials came up to him and said, he’s no longer producing medical equipment for civilians. His factory is going to be converted to war production, and this was not just an isolated case,” Chang, a senior fellow with Gatestone Institute, told CBN News.
  • Elbridge Colby, a former top Defense Department official, warns America should prepare for war with China over Taiwan, warning that a conflict has gone from “a remote scenario to a fearfully plausible one.”
  • Chang says Beijing is already making preparations.
  • “The Chinese Communist Party is trying to sanction-proof itself,” Chang said. “For instance, it has told its officials to sell their foreign assets so they can’t be taken away by foreign governments if they wanted to impose costs on China for invasion.”
  • This comes as tensions continue to soar in the Taiwan Strait.

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Chinese drone flying near Taiwan islands returns to China after being warned off by live fire

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Important Takeaways:

  • Taiwan fires warning shots at Chinese drone near offshore island
  • Taiwan fired warning shots at a Chinese drone that buzzed an offshore islet on Tuesday shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen said she had ordered Taiwan’s military to take “strong countermeasures” against what she termed Chinese provocations.
  • It was the first time warning shots have been fired in such an incident amid a period of heightened tension between China and Taiwan, which Beijing views as its own territory. Taiwan strongly disputes China’s sovereignty claims.
  • The drone headed back to China after the shots were fired, a military spokesman said.
  • Taiwan has complained of Chinese drones repeatedly flying very close to small groups of islands it controls near China’s coast, most recently by the Kinmen islands, as part of military drills by Beijing.
  • There was no immediate response from China. On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry dismissed Taiwan’s complaints about the drones as nothing “to make a fuss about.”

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Indiana governor meets with Taiwan president defying the CCP’s wishes

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Important Takeaways:

  • China sends four military aircraft towards Taiwan airspace hours after Indiana’s governor met nation’s president in another show of defiance against the CCP
  • The four aircraft crossed the median line, an unofficial barrier in the Taiwan strait
  • Eric Holcomb, the Republican governor of Indiana, landed in Taiwan on Sunday
  • He then met with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday in Taipei
  • Holcomb emphasized the economic nature of his visit, mentioning that the state is among the top in the U.S. for direct foreign investment
  • US-China tensions have risen since Beijing staged huge military drills in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this month

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US playing chicken with China on the back of Taiwan

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Important Takeaways:

  • The world’s most dangerous tit-for-tat: China deploys 51 warplanes and six ships around Taiwan in response to America sending nuclear stealth bombers over Pacific and the island democracy agreeing to U.S. trade talks
  • Taiwan said 25 Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait’s median line or flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, in the latest provocation from Beijing
  • Move came after U.S. government said it would hold trade talks with Taiwan
  • Earlier this month, Beijing fired missiles towards Taiwan to intimidate the island
  • This was after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this month became the highest-ranking American official to visit the island in 25 years

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Ambassador of China calls US sending warships through Taiwan an Escalation after Pelosi and Senator Markey visited Taipei

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Important Takeaways:

  • China Warns the U.S. Against Sailing Warships Through the Taiwan Strait
  • China’s ambassador to Washington, Qin Gang, said Tuesday that China viewed such Taiwan transits as an escalation by the U.S. and an effort to support the “separatist” government in Taipei. He delivered the warning after Senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, wrapped up the second trip to the island in less than two weeks by a U.S. congressional delegation.
  • I do call on our American colleagues to refrain, to exercise restraint, not to do anything to escalate the tension. So if there’s any moves damaging China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, so China will respond. China will respond.”

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New threats from China warning it is ‘ready to use all necessary means’

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • China issues a NEW Taiwan invasion threat: Moment ambassador warns it is ‘ready to use ALL necessary means’ to retake island while refusing to rule out force – and urging the world to ‘use your imagination’
  • The envoy said after six days of the military drills: ‘We can never rule out the option to use other means. So when necessary, when compelled, we are ready to use all necessary means.
  • ‘As to what does it mean by “necessary means?” You can use your imagination.’
  • Separately today, a strong statement issued by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also refused to rule out the use of force, adding: ‘Never before have we been so close to, confident in, and capable of achieving the goal of national rejuvenation.’

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G7 joined the U.S. calling the drills “escalatory”

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Important Takeaways:

  • China Direct: Taiwan crisis — 4-day de facto blockade — G7 slam drills
  • We now have an unprecedented series of four-day-long, round-the-island live-ammunition exercises featuring advanced warplanes, warships and missiles.
  • The Chinese military designated six closure areas, one of which is merely 12 miles from Taiwan’s southern shipping hub of Kaohsiung. Beijing also warned commercial airliners to avoid wide swaths of airspace around Taiwan, in what amounts to a no-fly zone over major flight routes. Even though China portrays this as a step short of total encirclement, Taiwan’s defense ministry describes it as “a maritime and aerial blockade.”
  • EUROPE JOINS U.S., IN WORDS: After several days of silence, Europe joined the U.S. and other G7 partners in a statement on Wednesday slamming Beijing’s “escalatory” drills.
  • “There is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally. The PRC’s escalatory response risks increasing tensions and destabilizing the region,” the foreign ministers said. They also reassured Beijing there’s no change to their respective one China policies — “where applicable” — and asked “all parties” to “maintain open lines of communication to prevent misunderstanding.” One such opportunity may arise today.

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Chinese Drills to become a new normal until Reunification

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • New Chinese Drills Spark Fears Of Prolonged Squeeze On Taiwan
  • The Pentagon warns that China’s military actions are trying to intimidate Taiwan and the West and create a “new normal.”
  • “Drills like these will not stop and are expected to become routine until reunification, as the Chinese mainland shows its determination to push forward the reunification process after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island last week that seriously violated China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” China’s Global Times stated Monday, citing “experts.” The outlet is directly tied to the Chinese Communist Party.
  • China’s Eastern Theatre Command said it would conduct joint drills focusing on anti-submarine and sea assault operations Reuters reported Monday.

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