China soon capable of 'full-scale invasion' of Taiwan after warning war could be ‘triggered any moment’

CHINA will soon be capable of mounting a full scale invasion of Taiwan, the island's foreign minister has said.

Chiu Kuo-cheng's warning comes as Beijing said war could be triggered "at any time" in a chilling warning to the West.


Beijing launched into a tirade against the US and its allies after 56 Chinese warplanes crossed into Taiwan's air defence zone on Monday.

Chiu said the relationship between Taiwan and China was at its lowest for forty years.

While Beijing can't mount an invasion that will soon change, he warned.

Chiu said he feared that by "2025, China will bring the cost and attrition to its lowest".

"For me as a military man, the urgency is right in front of me"

At the same time, an armada of aircraft carriers including HMS Queen Elizabeth were taking part in wargames in the region.

As tensions mount, Joe Biden said he spoke to Chinese president Xi Jinping and the pair affirmed that they would "abide by the Taiwan agreement".

The President was referring to Washington's long standing policy under which it officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taiwan.

Washington merely acknowledges China's stance that the island belongs to it and that there is "one China" but takes no position on Taiwan's sovereignty.

It comes after China flew 129 warplanes close to Taiwan over three days, part of a pattern of incursions which are widely seen as a rehearsal for invasion.

Taiwan's defence ministry scrambled aircraft to broadcast warnings after 36 fighter jets, 12 H-6 nuclear-capable bombers and four other planes entered its southwest air defence identification zone (ADIZ).

Beijing has been ramping up its bellicose rhetoric over Taiwan with state-run paper The Global Times saying the "peaceful atmosphere" on the island had all but disappeared.

Pressure from the West had resulted in a "sense of urgency that the war may be triggered at any time".

For me as a military man, the urgency is right in front of me

Four more fighters entered the zone at night, bringing the total to 56 planes, the ministry said.

The US State Department accused China of carrying out "provocative military activities" that "undermines regional peace and stability", adding its commitment to Taiwan was "rock solid".

China hit back in the scathing Global Times piece, saying its display yesterday was a "severe warning" to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which it accused of trying to secede from the mainland.

It said the "secessionist forces" on the island would "never be allowed to secede Taiwan from China under whatever names or by whatever means".

The paper claimed that "mainstream public opinion" in China was that the country should prepare for all-out war with the US.

"Now, we will like to warn the DPP authorities and their supporters: do not continue to play with fire.

"They should see that the Chinese mainland’s preparation to use force against Taiwan secessionist forces is much stronger than ever before.

"If the US and the DPP authorities do not take the initiative to reverse the current situation, the Chinese mainland’s military punishment for 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces will eventually be triggered.

"Time will prove that this warning is not just a verbal threat."

'DO NOT PLAY WITH FIRE'

The Chinese incursions have prompted Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu to say the territory was ready to fight.

"The defence of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that," he told Australia’s ABC broadcaster.

"If China is going to launch a war against Taiwan we will fight to the end, and that is our commitment.

"I'm sure that if China is going to launch an attack against Taiwan, I think they are going to suffer tremendously as well."

China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has long threatened to use force to bring it under its control, with regular invasion drills carried out by its military.

Taiwan has been repeatedly reporting missions conducted by China's air force that enter the island's ADIZ near the Pratas Islands, which it controls.

It comes as tensions continue to rise in Asia as superpowers scramble to stock their military with the latest state-of-the-art warfare kit.

China alone has ploughed an extra 1.35 trillion yuan (£151 billion) into military spending this year – a modest 6.8 per cent increase – as it seeks to extend its claim over territory in the South China Sea, according to The Times.

The rising superpower also boasts of having DF-26 missiles that could knock out targets across South East Asia with deadly precision and speed, prompting commentators to call the purchase of weaponry a new arms race.

China has also previously warned it would nuke Japan on the eve of the Olympics if it intervened in Taiwan.





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