As tensions between Taiwan and China continue to escalate, satellite images reportedly show amphibious armoured vehicles and mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation.
H/T: NZ Herald
"We make no promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures," Chinese leader Xi Jinping said in a recent speech.
"The PLA are also deploying the powerful Type PCL191 multiple launch rocket systems to the ground forces of the Eastern Theatre Command," Kanwa Asian magazine defence editor Andrei Chang writes. These have a range of some 350km.
"The Taiwan Strait is just 180km across. The PCL191 rocket launchers are able to destroy all military bases and government buildings on the island accurately."
China deploys more amphibious weapons along coast in Taiwan mission https://t.co/pclMb84Dui— South China Sea News (@SCS_news) August 8, 2020
South China Sea: Beijing mobilises invasion craft along coast as Taiwan tensions escalatehttps://t.co/JzxKL7ubyS— Terese Dau (@teresedau1) August 8, 2020
USAF E-8C (AE1492) is approaching #Guangdong, at around 21:00, Aug 5.— SCS Probing Initiative (@SCS_PI) August 5, 2020
It is the #FirstTime for the E-8C spotted to operate this late recently.
7 sorties of E-8C were detected in July, which in fact represents an upgrade of battlefield construction. pic.twitter.com/btv4PopIPh
In my view, neither China nor the United States is going to initiate military conflict in the near future. At the operational level, however, the stakes are high for these three types of interactions.— 胡波（Hu Bo) (@HuBo0001) August 2, 2020
China-US military conflict - Global Times https://t.co/8h5sOs84R7
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar arrived in Taiwan, the highest-level U.S. official to visit the island in four decades. China, which claims Taiwan as its own, decried the trip https://t.co/4nBa3hs445 pic.twitter.com/LCFfSKqzIz— Reuters (@Reuters) August 9, 2020
“Now fears are growing that Xi wants to cement his place alongside Mao and Deng by conquering Taiwan, a prize that’s eluded Communist Party leaders for decades.”https://t.co/ie8Dbx66fR— Andreas Fulda (@AMFChina) August 9, 2020
US health secretary’s Taiwan trip is culmination of strategic shift https://t.co/qQ8DmMYcw5— FT China (@ftchina) August 9, 2020
Ignore China, they will continue to throw Little Emperor tantrums on the international stage no matter the scenario. Taiwan is a good partner for the US and is worth protecting.— TWduli (@TWduli) August 9, 2020
Welp. There’s your ad @realDonaldTrump.— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) August 9, 2020
“China would prefer Joe Biden.”
The China that is systematically exterminating the Uyghurs, that unleashed Covid-19 on the world, that oppresses democracy in Hong Kong and suppresses Taiwan. That awful country.
They prefer Biden. https://t.co/yDCkz6qXYH