We in Telegram
Add news
March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
News Every Day |

China increases aggressive moves against Taiwan as island prepares to inaugurate new president

China increases aggressive moves against Taiwan as island prepares to inaugurate new president

KAOHSIUNG — Virtually every day, the People’s Republic of China does something unprecedented — its coast guard briefly boarding a Taiwanese tourist boat, flying military aircraft ever closer to Taiwan or increasing harassment of Taiwanese fishing boats in the South China Sea. 

"This is a problem," says Dean Karalekas, author of "Civil-Military Relations in Taiwan: Identity and Transformation." "Because these unprecedented actions are creating a new normal. Beijing hopes that we (the West) will sit by and watch as they take over Taiwan, just as we did when they used these same salami-slicing tactics to take over the South China Sea." 

The world began noticing more of China’s hostile actions following the visit to Taiwan by former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2023, but the strategy has been in place for some time. 

"China’s plan to ‘normalize’ military encroachments was planned long before Pelosi’s visit," Taipei Times columnist and political commentator C. Donovan Smith told Fox News Digital. "The military exercises were far too complex and logistically complicated to have been planned in the short span of time between the announcement of her trip and her arrival in Taiwan." 


Surrounding Taiwan in a mock "quarantine" and performing missile "tests" in 2023 was also intended to push Taiwanese voters toward politicians and parties more friendly to China. But, as has been the case in the last three elections here, Beijing’s ploys were ineffectual. Taiwan in January elected the incumbent vice president, William Lai, to take over from two-term President Tsai Ing-wen. Both Tsai and Lai are members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).   

The incoming Taiwan president has repeatedly pledged to make no changes to policies in place over the last eight years. Beijing, however, sees William Lai (Lai Ching-te) as a "splittist" and a supporter of Taiwan independence. Lai previously did voice support for independence but has tried to walk that back. China, however, does not forgive nor forget. Many political experts believe Beijing will ratchet up pressure as Lai enters office later this month. 

A recent example of China’s attempts to establish this "new normal" is changes to airspace rules. China is close to finishing a massive new airport serving Xiamen in Fujian Province. Just 6.2 miles away, however, sits the island of Kinmen, which has remained a part of the Republic of China (ROC), better known as Taiwan, since 1949.

Kinmen Airport is strategically important for Taiwan. In 2015, the two sides worked out a deal to change a flight path that was a bit too close for Taiwan’s comfort. But in February, Beijing unilaterally backed out of the deal, announcing that, from May 16, new air routes would begin operating to "further optimize airspace" around the area. 


Few China watchers think China picked the day arbitrarily, says Karalekas. 

"Beijing has a pattern of testing new leaders of enemy states. They tested Bush with the EP-3E spy plane incident. They tested (then-Japanese prime minister) Naoto Kan with the Senkaku boat collision. We can expect them to test Lai by creating some sort of mini-crisis around the time he takes office on May 20." 

"I think China is really ramping up threats," Eric Hsu told Fox News Digital. Hsu lives in southern Taiwan’s biggest city, Kaohsiung, has worked on historical restoration projects and hosts a podcast on Taiwan history.

He says he isn’t only worried about military hardware, but also what he termed, "brainwashing videos and moves by KOLs," (Key Opinion Leaders, a term used to describe internet influencers).

Hsu places much of the blame at the feet of local opposition parties seen by many as more friendly to Beijing. Describing the current domestic political situation, he said Taiwan faces "not just an enemy at the gate, but also enemies within." South Taiwan is a DPP stronghold, but not everyone in the south agrees that the opposition parties are the problem. 

Another resident of Kaohsiung, a self-employed businessperson and mother, Ms. Lin, thinks the DPP hasn’t been sincere in reaching out to China. 

"They’ve had eight years, and now they will get at least another four," Lin told Fox News Digital. "What Taiwan needs are brave leaders, people willing to try new solutions, and I don’t see any such people in the current DPP leadership."   


The main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), denies it is "China-friendly" and instead says it is "peace-friendly." Chinese dictator Xi Jinping has met with the KMT’s Ma Ying-jeou twice, first in Singapore in 2015 when Ma was in office as ROC (Taiwan) president. It was the first time since the end of WWII top leaders from China and Taiwan sat in the same room. Each side in 2015 chose to ignore official titles and address each other as "Mr. Xi" and "Mr. Ma." On April 10,, "Mr. Xi" and former Taiwan president "Mr. Ma" met again, this time in Beijing. 

Some experts see such meetings between the KMT and China favorably, arguing that any dialogue is good and – if nothing else – provides a way for China to save face as it continues its policy of mandatory "reunification," which China now says may need to be achieved by force. Others in Taiwan and abroad see Ma’s meetings as straying far too close to an acceptance of the idea that Taiwan is a part of China. 

As it stands, the ruling DPP says it’s content with the status quo, including keeping Taiwan’s official name, the Republic of China. The KMT is generally more in favor of talks with Beijing under a mutual respect "consensus" idea that boils down to agreeing that both sides are "China," but each side is free to interpret what this "one China" means.  

The problem with the KMT’s thinking, central Taiwan-based newspaper columnist and political commentator Michael Turton told Fox News Digital, is that "Xi’s goal is the complete subjugation of Taiwan, just like Hong Kong. Two of China’s ambassadors abroad have already indicated that Taiwanese opposed to Beijing rule will be shipped off to concentration camps. Given this goal, how can there ever be dialogue with mutual respect?"



Glen Powell’s parents crash Texas movie screening to troll him

Precision in Motion: Exploring Baltic Bearing Company-Riga

Gunmen open fire and kill 4 people, including 3 foreigners, in Afghanistan's central Bamyan province

Ballroom culture coming to the Long Beach Pride Festival


Read also

International football’s Mr Conservative Gareth Southgate takes machete to England squad in one of most brutal shake-ups

Google’s first-party data unification Ads Data Manager available to all

OpenAI cofounder says artificial general intelligence is coming fast — and needs some 'reasonable limits'

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

Glen Powell’s parents crash Texas movie screening to troll him

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here

News Every Day

AML check crypto

Sports today

Новости тенниса
Елена Рыбакина

Рыбакина узнала свое место в новом мировом рейтинге

Спорт в России и мире

Курсант Пермского военного института Росгвардии принял участие в финале интеллектуальной олимпиады Приволжского федерального округа

All sports news today

Sports in Russia today


Футболисты ФК «Динамо Пушкино» заняли второе место в межрегиональном турнире Laffy Cup 2024

Новости России

Game News

Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)



Охрана и безопасность. Как роботы и дроны работают на спортивных объектах?

Губернаторы России

Бурятский театр «Ульгэр» показал на выставке «Театральная весна» кукольный постановку: Россия, Дети, нацпроект Культура

Что там в IT: ИИ-отрыв Google, ChatGPT почти человек, отечественный BIOS

Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

В Очаково-Матвеевском построят бизнес-центр по городской программе

Первый этап фестиваля «Русская классика» завершился в Лобне

Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

«Считают каждую копейку»: Юрий Лоза рассказал о трудностях Максима Галкина* и Аллы Пугачевой в Израиле

Мать рэпера Тимати Симона Юнусова назвала его девушку хорошей

Любовь Аксенова, Олег Трофим, Сергей Шнуров и другие на премьере фильма «Майор Гром: Игра»

Даниил Медведев идет третьим в чемпионской гонке ATP, Андрей Рублев — пятый

Звонарёва проиграла американке Крюгер в квалификации турнира в Страсбурге

Рыбакина узнала свое место в новом мировом рейтинге

Теннисиста Медведева выбили из топ-4 ATP

Модернизация контейнерных площадок продолжается в Реутове

Олимпийский чемпион Роман Костомаров поздравил победителей номинации «Экскурсия без границ» программы «Лига Экскурсоводов»

«СВЯТОЙ ЛЕНИН» УЛУЧШАЕТ ЗАКОНЫ, управляет патентами и улучшает командное планирование в целях учёта интереса всего народа.

Ставки снова растут: «Выберу.ру» подготовил рейтинг лучших краткосрочных вкладов в мае 2024 года

«Недоволен и беспокоится»: WSJ узнала о реакции лидера КНР на визит Путина в КНДР

Наследие Шаляпина и Рахманинова представили на выставке-форуме «Россия»

«Байкал Сервис» стал партнером Премии 2ГИС

ЦСКА и "Нижний Новгород" забили 8 голов в матче РПЛ

Лакокрасочный завод построят в Богородском округе на земле за 1 рубль

Николай Долгополов представил в Москве свою новую книгу о разведчиках

На «Чернышевской» завершились основные строительные работы

В великолукском онкодиспансере отремонтировали несколько кабинетов

Путин в России и мире

Персональные новости Russian.city
Юлия Савичева

«Прыгала, как сумасшедшая»: Юлия Савичева рассказала об исполнении давней мечты в шоу «УТРО. ТНТ»

News Every Day

AML check crypto

Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости