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Taiwan officials say they are ready to duke it out if China decides to take its military activities a step further. The announcement, made by its foreign minister, comes after China has stepped up its aircraft carrier drills near the island along with other military activities in the past few months.

“From my limited understanding of American decision makers watching developments in this region, they clearly see the danger of the possibility of China launching an attack against Taiwan. We are willing to defend ourselves without any questions and we will fight the war if we need to fight the war. And if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day we will defend ourselves to the very last day.”

Washington, Taiwan’s most important international ally has been pushing for Taiwan to modernise its military and spend more on defence in order to make it harder for China to successfully attack the island.

“The defence of Taiwan is our responsibility. We will try every way we can to improve our defence capability.”

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said they will run 8 days of computer-aided war games this month which would simulate a Chinese attack on Taiwan. The Han Kuang exercises are the island nation’s largest annual war games. The next phase of the games will include live firing drills, according to general Liu Yu-Ping.

“The drills are designed based on the toughest enemy threats, simulating all possible scenarios on an enemy invasion on Taiwan.”

Taiwan has not indicated if the Chinese carrier group is planning to go to the South China Sea, which is a disputed territory where a US carrier group is operating. But deputy defence minister Chang Che-ping says Taiwan is closely monitoring the carrier’s movements, saying that, for now, it seems the carrier is just doing routine drills.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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  1. Avatar

    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    If Hong Kong is anything to go by, move yer ass Taiwan because the f—ckers are coming for ya

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    J West

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Taiwan has every right to defend itself. China has taken the wrong tone. Perhaps a second “Great Wall” should be built, this time an economic embargo banning all shipments in or out of China, until they stop their militaristic beligerants from threatening global security.

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    Slugger

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    They would last around 30 seconds.

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    Dreqo

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Taiwan is it’s own country. Other countries besides the US should stand with Taiwan against the CCP. Taiwan is it’s own country.

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    Roger Bruce

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    I fear China will be the undoing of all world peace …World worry about China attacking Tiawan
    They are greedy and bullies they think they are little tin Gods
    But I hope in time the West can draw them to rein…
    Sadly China is Thailand biggest Allie will make things hard for tourism when all shit hits the fan
    Good Luck Thailand

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    If the Us will not defend Burma they will not defend Taiwan.
    Why spend tax payers dollars to defend a country that really will do the USA no good at all?
    All the US will do is supply Taiwan with arms and resources . . .
    However I could be completely wrong!!

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    Dreqo

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    @roger bruce, yes they hitched their proverbial wagon to the wrong horse. That decision will be catastrophic.

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    Wayno

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    JWest-The best post i have read in a long while. Thumbs up

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    MJ

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Headlines

    DUKE IT OUT

    What does it mean ?

    Is that proper English

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    Ynwaps

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:30 am

    US military just wants more power and a reason to invade SEA and “protect” Taiwan.
    Maybe starting with Myanmar so they can get closer to evil Russia and China.
    Meanwhile your brainwashed by news like these.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Yes and no Toby. Yes America will come to Taiwan’s aid because the US has an geopolitical interest in doing so. No they won’t with Myanmar because there is on interest there. The US will help defend Taiwan because not doing so would destroy their creditability in the region. Keep in mind the US is an unofficial ally of Taiwan (the US Taiwan relations act of 1979). If the Chinese believe the American’s won’t do so, they risk a huge error. One with huge ramifications. In attacking an independent democratic country, the sanctions place on China would be economy crushing. It would make the ones placed on Russia look like a slap on the wrist. “Chinese carrier group” – never have three words appeared to mean so much when in fact they mean so little.

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    Slugger

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Hurray! Godwins theory delivered in only 13 posts due to ‘Political Observer.’

    No-one has ‘imprisoned’ a million Uighers. That is American and British propaganda delivered by Adrian Zenz. Look him up. He’s a joke.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    The US terminated its mutual defence treaty with Taiwan on the 1st of January 1980.
    However it seems that the US is obligated to give Taiwan the means for defence against China.

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    J West

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Slugger, consider this, the Chinese Carrier Group consists of 1 rebaked antique slope nosed ship they bought second hand from Russia. It is supported by 7 destroyer class vessels. The US by comparison has 43 active modern aircraft carriers worldwide operated by 14 Navy Groups.

    The US has 11 large nuclear powered fleet carriers ( super jumbo) that carry 80 each of the most sophisticated nuclear capable air craft in existence. They boast the largest carrier deck space than every navy worldwide combined. The US does not share the number of nuclear submarines it deploys in any location….but they have lots. China can be taken out in minutes by any one of the US Pacific Fleet 7 Carriers which boast hundreds of support destroyers of every category and hundreds of nuclear capable aircraft.

    China is a pimple on the ass of raw American military superiority. China pales economically by comparison. The numbers are in America’s favor. China can spend billions on propaganda and intimidate a few weak fringe players….but seriously….there’s no leveraging China aside from it’s ongoing beligerants saber rattling.

    If an embargo was set around China by The West what would happen? T Shirts go up a few cents? Novelty pen sets up a Penney? Shudder…you might have to pay an extra 10% for a flat TV? Let’s put this in perspective , China needs a shake up. It’s over due.

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    MH

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    The USA & the UK will not go to war with China, which would mean both China and Russia over Taiwan. When the KMT are in office they handle China peacefully, when the DPP are in office they provoke China. All this talk of fight it out to the last day and man is not only stupid, it’s irresponsible to expect the rest of the world to come to their rescue is a pipe dream, because they wont!

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    MH

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    J WEST, republican and good old southern boy itching to get your guns out yeah. What you fail to comprehend is that China has allies as well. Your scenario would mean a world war and people with more sense than you aren’t going cause that over a shaky ROC. Get real and put your guns away.

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    Tony

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    And if china does no one will do nothing .All these so called super power’s and the U.N.. will huff and puff but will blow nothing down,just look at Myanmar people been killed every day no intervention from any source

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    MH

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    J West the USA has just been rid of a MAD MAN who use to snatch stats out of thin air, we don’t need another, America has 11 active aircraft carriers in active service right now, not 43, please do some research before talking nonsense on this platform in future thanks!

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Toby, that’s why I said “unofficial”. Biden has already committed to defending Taiwan just as every president before him since Carter. That goes double for Congress. On a side note, Japan has publicly committed to defend Taiwan too. Don’t think that doesn’t mean a lot since they have the second most powerful navy in the Pacific (no that’s not China).

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    Political Observer

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I submitted a comment stating well known facts about China — about their actions in TIbet, Xinjiang, Taiwan — and my post was not published. It appears this paper is afraid of China.

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    MH, to be fair the US realistically has 20 aircraft carriers. It has 11 super carriers, 10 Nimitz class, and one Ford. It also has 7 Wasp LHDs, and 2 America class LHAs, all operational. While some don’t consider the Wasp and Americas as aircraft carriers, they are in fact just that. They routinely carry a flight of F-35s or Harriers (quickly being phased out), and quite often carry 2-3 flights of them. In “sea control” configuration the Wasp class will carry 20 F-35s, and the Americas can actually pack in a couple more. The point being a single Wasp class is more powerful than any other carrier except that of France and the UK.

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    EdwardV

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:32 am

    MH: Russia and China are not allies. They are friends of convenience and either one would have no problem stabbing the other in the back. Fact is Russia and China are historical enemies and remain distrustful of each other to this day. Russia isn’t going to help China one bit in any war. Another fact, outside of North Korea and Pakistan, China doesn’t have any allies (and I wouldn’t count on either of those). The US has actual military treaties with Japan, Australia, Philippines, Canada, UK, France and South Korea. All countries with territory and/or interests in the Pacific. That’s not even counting countries like Vietnam, India, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. All of which are on hostile terms with China.

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    Dreqo

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:35 am

    @j west, well said mate. Exactly right.

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