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PLA jets will eventually patrol over Taiwan: Global Times editorial

By GLOBAL TIMES, 13 September 2021

The Taiwan question has been kept brewing. More than half of China's diplomatic troubles are related to it. In the long run, the cost of maintaining the current peace in the Taiwan Straits will only increase for the Chinese mainland. The US and Japan have countless levers to collude with the island of Taiwan, which will constantly consume the Chinese mainland's diplomatic resources and energy.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority is determined to latch onto the US and Japan to gang up against the Chinese mainland, and has increasingly kidnapped public opinion on the island, while the US is making more and more frequently strategic manipulations over the Taiwan question. Given these facts the Chinese mainland has to take fundamental measures, engaging in a resolute struggle so that to stop the situation across the Taiwan Straits from deteriorating, deter the DPP authority and its supporters, and firmly seize the strategic initiative of the regional situation.

Sending PLA fighter jets over the island of Taiwan is a step we must take. The move will pose a fundamental warning to the Taiwan authorities and bring about reconstruction of the situation across the Taiwan Straits. It will be a clear declaration of China's sovereignty over Taiwan island, and create unprecedented conditions for us to further implement this sovereignty.

The "airspace" over the Taiwan island belongs to the airspace of China. The so-called middle line of the Taiwan Straits has never been recognized by the Chinese mainland. Therefore, there is sufficient legal basis for the PLA fighter jets to fly over the island. Previously, PLA fighter jets did not fly over Taiwan. That was out of consideration for taking care of the emotions and feelings of Taiwan residents and out of the goodwill to maintain stability across the Straits. Now that the DPP authority has gone completely hostile toward the mainland and is willing to play a role as a pawn of the US in strategically containing the Chinese mainland, it is time for us to take back the favor we granted to the island in the past and prepare to exercise the sovereignty of sending fighter jets to patrol the Taiwan island.

Will the military on the Taiwan island dare to prevent PLA fighters from flying over the island and fire? Our answer is that: As long as the mainland's determination to conduct such a patrol is unwavering, if Taiwan fires, it would mean that the Chinese mainland will launch a destructive retaliation. Even a war to liberate the Taiwan island will start. In this context, the Taiwan military will never dare to fire at a PLA aircraft on such a mission.

The mainland fighter jets' flight over the Taiwan island must be backed by large-scale and overwhelming military preparedness. Fighters flying over the Taiwan Straits is only a part of the Chinese mainland's determination to reset the situation across the Straits. This will be a showdown that gives the DPP authority two choices: either accept the patrol and refrain from the extreme anti-mainland line of colluding with the US and Japan, or start a war by firing at military aircraft of the Chinese mainland and face the consequence of being destroyed and eliminated by the PLA.

It is a very important event for the fighter jets of the Chinese mainland to fly over the island. The US and its allies will make a fuss in the international community to further discredit the Chinese mainland and attack us for "unilaterally altering the status quo across the Taiwan Straits." We should show our contempt for such irresponsible claims. Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP authority have abandoned the 1992 Consensus and already changed the political status across the Taiwan Straits since they took office. The flyover of a mainland military plane is a reckoning of their salami-slicing tactics and a fundamental correction of their efforts to change the status quo across the Taiwan Straits.

There will be a long sequence of escalations in the cross-Straits game between the Chinese mainland and the US and the island of Taiwan, but the flyover of a mainland fighter jet will be the most critical step. The PLA has already been thoroughly preparing for the military struggle with the island of Taiwan. The mainland's fighter aircraft have frequently flown in the airspace near the island, crossing the so-called middle line of the Taiwan Straits many times. In fact, the Taiwan authorities have become more and more psychologically prepared for a flyover from the PLA.

Of course, that move will break the situation in the Straits, so it needs to be carried out at the most appropriate time. The mainland should make constant statements that its fighters are ready to fly over the island. This way, when Taiwan authorities seriously provoke the mainland, it will be in their expectation that fighter jets will definitely come from the other side of the Straits. It will be the safest when PLA fighter jets fly over Taiwan amid media reports about the mainland's wrath.

Let us be fully prepared that there will be a showdown in the Taiwan Straits. Let us crush the will of the DPP authority with our strong will to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as our real ability. Let us send our first PLA fighter jet over the island of Taiwan at the most accurate time. That will be a milestone on China's path to reunification.

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US-China Relations Drift Into Crisis as China Plans Fighter Jets Flights over Taiwan

And Alexander Mercouris has some analysis on this piece, 14 SEP 2021

DPP's recent moves makes me think that they are either
1. Secretly pro-unification due to anticipating PRC's counter moves.
2. Politically naive to think their moves will result in sustained independence.
3. Co-ordinating with the US to play Taiwan as a chess piece, part of a grand strategy. Possibly as a sacrificial piece.

After seeing in person groups of East Asian men in suits with DPP pins in Washington DC, I would not be surprised if it's number 3.
 

Overbom

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DPP's recent moves makes me think that they are either
1. Secretly pro-unification due to anticipating PRC's counter moves.
2. Politically naive to think their moves will result in sustained independence.
3. Co-ordinating with the US to play Taiwan as a chess piece, part of a grand strategy. Possibly as a sacrificial piece.

After seeing in person groups of East Asian men in suits with DPP pins in Washington DC, I would not be surprised if it's number 3.
I think that DPP along with China Hawks on Biden's administration are trying to torpedo any chance of easing or stabilising relations between US and China.
The name change proposal for Taiwan was also revealed by "unnamed sources"...

Of course, this could also be a strategy by Biden where he keeps playing a double game on China
 

Andy1974

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This is where I get frustrated with western people. They for some reason do not realise how Taiwan is ingrain into every Chinese psychic. I can understand the average Joe don't understand this. But the policy makers in white house does. And this is why they are constantly pushing that button. It is like putting a hot knife on to old wounds. This is where the Chinese need to resolved this once and for all.
Thank you.

As crazy as it sounds, and judging by Blinken’s shell shocked face after Alaska, some of the policymakers really do have no idea.

The media influence has affected the intelligence and knowledgeability of who gets elected, members of the very dumbed down, anti-China, christian fundamentalist and constitutional originalists movements are now getting elected, now people like Matt Gaetz and Larent Boebert, shockingly ignorant people, are elected and going for Hail Mary policy proposals.

The short 2 year election term in the House of Representatives means many of these people can get elected in a short amount of time. Couple that with all the election shenanigans and anything could happen.

The influence genie is out of the bottle and it could go full circle.
 

AndrewS

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sorry for all the posts today…

This might not be pointless...

The UK (and EU) were shocked by the strength of Chinas response to their sanctions, they think it’s not fair. So, adding this minor sanction could be a way of “levelling up” in the eyes of the west, but not a big enough step for China to respond too, this could be a good state to de-escalate all the sanctions from this year? If it makes progress, the EU could do the same.

Remember, I believe the UK wants to have a positive relationship with China.

Parts of the UK want a positive relationship with China.

But many in the British political class are still stuck with delusions of grandeur from the days of the Empire, combined with the absolute moral certainty that they (the West) are right and that China is wrong. Something similar applies with the EU, particularly with the ex-Communist countries who now hate anything associated with Communism.

China doesn't have enough leverage over Europe and the UK to change this, due to the distance.
And no one has enough leverage to change China's direction either.

So I don't foresee any de-escalation by the UK, EU or China.

The lead on de-escalation would have to come from the USA - which many politicians in the UK/EU slavishly follow.
However the USA will fight to maintain its (unjustified) position in the world, but it can only achieve this with willing allies, which means demonising China as an enemy
 

Temstar

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DPP's recent moves makes me think that they are either
1. Secretly pro-unification due to anticipating PRC's counter moves.
2. Politically naive to think their moves will result in sustained independence.
3. Co-ordinating with the US to play Taiwan as a chess piece, part of a grand strategy. Possibly as a sacrificial piece.

After seeing in person groups of East Asian men in suits with DPP pins in Washington DC, I would not be surprised if it's number 3.
Haha, on your first point you are not alone in thinking this. As the saying goes in Chinese goes 举拳难打笑脸人 or "it's difficult to punch the face of someone smiling at you". If all Taiwan politicians were like Ma Ying-jeou then reunification may never be possible. What DPP is doing instead is both making forceful reunification more desirable to the Chinese public as well as destroy the very foundation of democracy in Taiwan, just look at their recent antics around their homegrown medigen vaccine vs all the drama around importing BNT vaccine.

The joke floating around is that Tsai must actually be 峨嵋峰.
 

solarz

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It is my *concern* that what is happening in Lithuania is the *start* of something.

I don’t think it matters how big they are, they are a country and a country is either going to be in one camp or both. China doesn’t care how small the countries are that recognize Taiwan, they want the all to recognize China no matter how tiny.

A small country can have a big influence.

For example, Lithuania’s actions have influenced the US to possibly rename the Taipei office to Taiwan, whether it’s all coordinated in advance doesn’t matter.

Yes it’s probably a pawn and not acting independently which is even more reason to take it seriously, because is the plan to stop at Lithuania? Or have another, slightly larger country, rename their Taipei office?

So, my fear is it’s a trend, this is the first example. The fact that the US is so *very* organized about the next steps for Lithuania suggest this is well prepared and repeatable.

I hope it’s not going to happen, but what else has the US got to try?

I think you should leave worrying about China to the Chinese people, and worry more about your own country.

I live in Canada and I can clearly see the wreck we're heading towards. We're in the middle of a fourth wave and there's an election going on. None of the major parties are even talking about how to solve the covid crisis. People are sending unvaccinated kids to school as Delta cases are on the rise. Nobody knows how to resolve covid and are just pretending everything will go back to normal.

Instead of trying to convince your compatriots that China isn't a threat, why not ask them how exactly China threatens them.

Chances are, once you follow through on their reasoning, you'll discover that they're motivated by nothing more than racism.

 

Bellum_Romanum

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I think you should leave worrying about China to the Chinese people, and worry more about your own country.

I live in Canada and I can clearly see the wreck we're heading towards. We're in the middle of a fourth wave and there's an election going on. None of the major parties are even talking about how to solve the covid crisis. People are sending unvaccinated kids to school as Delta cases are on the rise. Nobody knows how to resolve covid and are just pretending everything will go back to normal.

Instead of trying to convince your compatriots that China isn't a threat, why not ask them how exactly China threatens them.

Chances are, once you follow through on their reasoning, you'll discover that they're motivated by nothing more than racism.

And it looks like the conservatives may form the next government in Canada. All that Justin groveling and bending over backwards to the U.S. didn't do Jack shit in helping his election chances. Now the cu. T that is O'toole will not only produce 1 million new jobs by standing up to one of their biggest trading partner and consumer that is China. How in the f.. Ng world is he going to live up to that insane promise?
 

horse

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It is my *concern* that what is happening in Lithuania is the *start* of something.

I don’t think it matters how big they are, they are a country and a country is either going to be in one camp or both. China doesn’t care how small the countries are that recognize Taiwan, they want the all to recognize China no matter how tiny.

A small country can have a big influence.

For example, Lithuania’s actions have influenced the US to possibly rename the Taipei office to Taiwan, whether it’s all coordinated in advance doesn’t matter.

Yes it’s probably a pawn and not acting independently which is even more reason to take it seriously, because is the plan to stop at Lithuania? Or have another, slightly larger country, rename their Taipei office?

So, my fear is it’s a trend, this is the first example. The fact that the US is so *very* organized about the next steps for Lithuania suggest this is well prepared and repeatable.

I hope it’s not going to happen, but what else has the US got to try?

If the sky is falling, most people want to hear a reason why the sky is falling.

Here my opinion is that if the sky is falling in China, that is not our job to say anything for or against.

This is Comrade Chang's job. We should just let him do his work.

:D
 

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