China ‘testing ability to seize power’ as it holds military drills around Taiwan

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun13,2024

China’s military has ramped up the pressure, launching a second day of extensive military drills around Taiwan, with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) openly stating they’re testing their capability to “seize power” over the island.

This show of force is the most significant since Taiwan’s new president, Lai Ching-te, took office. Lai, who Beijing views with contempt for his pro-independence stance, has been labelled a “dangerous separatist” by Chinese officials.

The PLA began these provocative exercises on Thursday, deploying naval ships and jets in a display of might around Taiwan, branding it as “a strong punishment for separatist acts of Taiwan independence forces.”

On Friday, the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command continued the exercises, stating they were aimed at honing their skills in “jointly seizing power, launching joint attacks and occupying key areas”.

Ian Duncan-Smith, MP and former Conservative leader, said: “We live in the most dangerous period since the Cold War. China is economically powerful and is building a military to rival that of the US.

“It is very clear that it intends to take Taiwan back one way or another and is using this opportunity to threaten Taiwan again with new military exercises.

“China is at the centre of an axis of totalitarian states – North Korea, Russia and Iran.

“That evil axis has created both the wars in Ukraine and Gaza and this will be yet another huge distraction to the West. As the US election goes into a limbo period – this will be a very dangerous time.

“We must be very clear we are ready to respond to any threats from China. Countries like France are not stepping up to their duties which is putting huge stress on NATO.

“Now, more than ever we must stand as one and provide the necessary defence to our allies.”

Meanwhile, Defence expert and Government advisor Nicholas Drummond, said: “It’s impossible to know for certain, but what is clear is that at this point the only difference between a PLA drill and an actual assault against Taiwan is China’s intent. I think China is very aware that an actual assault could trigger a global conflict. So it may only be testing American resolve.

“If I were China, the time to attack would be the ‘inter-regnum’ period between a US election in November and a new administration taking over in January.

“Of course, a Trump victory is looking more likely – and we all know where he stands on China – so maybe China seizing China now would be easier to achieve.

“Finally, if China does attack, it will likely succeed, but would pay a price in terms of casualties and lost military capability. And, if it happens you would likely see general mobilisation across NATO.”

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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  1. China is clearly flexing its military muscle with these drills around Taiwan. It’s concerning to see the PLA openly stating their intention to “seize power” over the island. Tensions are definitely escalating, and the world needs to closely monitor this situation.

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