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Taiwan Warns It Will "Fight To Very Last Day" If China Attacks As US Warship Transits Strait

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On Wednesday Taiwan issued new and rare bellicose words signaling its response plans should China attack the democratic island. As speculation abounds over Beijing's increased military pressure which has included ever larger weekly and near daily military flights into Taiwan's defense zones, Taipei officials have tended to downplay the possibility of a Chinese move on the island.

Breaking from this reticent approach which thus far has seen officials avoid direct ratcheting rhetoric with the mainland, Taiwan’s foreign minister asserted the island will defend itself "to the very last day" if it comes under attack by China.

Joseph Wu told reporters, "We are willing to defend ourselves, that’s without any question." The top diplomat added: "We fill fight a war if we need to fight a war, and if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day, then we will defend ourselves to the very last day."
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Addressing Chinese propaganda regarding its intentions, Wu explained during the ministry press briefing:

On the one hand they want to charm the Taiwanese people by sending their condolences, but at the same time they are also sending their military aircraft and military vessels closer to Taiwan aimed at intimidating Taiwan’s people."
"The Chinese are sending very mixed signals to the Taiwanese people and I would characterize that as self-defeating," Wu said.
The uncharacteristically direct words clearly meant as a warning to Beijing come as China early this week launched new naval drills in waters near Taiwan. Crucially the drills are led by the Liaoning carrier group in order to "safeguard national sovereignty, safety and development interests" - according to a PLA Navy statement.


Moreover, while this is nothing particularly "new" - what is escalating tensions is the PLA's declaration that such drills in contested waters will now be "routine" and "regular":

"Similar exercises will be conducted on a regular basis in the future," the navy added, without elaborating.
Of course, from Beijing's point of view "safeguarding national sovereignty" means precisely recognition of Taiwan as part of Chinese territory.


Meanwhile, also on Wednesday Taiwan's superpower Western backer decided to "answer" the latest Chinese naval drills with its own "routine" sail through of the Taiwan Strait:

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a “routine” transit of the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, the US Navy said, as China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense zone and a Chinese carrier group drilled near Taiwan.
As is usual, the US Navy issued a statement reiterating commitment to "free and open" international waters (however in contravention to China's claims): "The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows," it said.

Chinese military officials condemned the McCain's maneuvers as sending "wrong signals to Taiwan secessionists".

 

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look its been over 75 years and China didnt attack when Taiwan was weak

now Taiwan can stand up for itself you really think China will attack? no chance

Taiwan is democratic nation and can freely chose what it wants and its clearly said what it wants when they signed the $1.8 billion arms deal with US

 

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look its been over 75 years and China didnt attack when Taiwan was weak

now Taiwan can stand up for itself you really think China will attack? no chance

Taiwan is democratic nation and can freely chose what it wants and its clearly said what it wants when they signed the $1.8 billion arms deal with US

China prefers a peaceful resolution to Chinese civil war. Unlike Azerbaijan which attacked Artsakh by force, Georgia which attacked Abkhazia and South Osettia by force, Moldova attacked Transnistria by force.

Taiwan don't have ICBM that can hit Kashgar airbase which is located 4,500+ km from Taiwan. Unless Taiwan acquires ICBM and / or aerial refueling tankers, they cannot fight back against China. US refused to sell Taiwan ICBM and / or aerial refueling tankers.

 

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China prefers a peaceful resolution to Chinese civil war. Unlike Azerbaijan which attacked Artsakh by force, Georgia which attacked Abkhazia and South Osettia by force, Moldova attacked Transnistria by force.
keeping waiting another 75 years then
 

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I like how taiwan isn't even pretending it can win anymore. And what exactly is the last day? Do they mean fight to the death?
 

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keeping waiting another 75 years then
China is oldest continuous civilization dating back to 2,000 BC. China can wait hundreds, thousands of years to take Taiwan.

Taiwan don't have ICBM that can hit Kashgar airbase which is located 4,500+ km from Taiwan. Unless Taiwan acquires ICBM and / or aerial refueling tankers, they cannot fight back against China. US refused to sell Taiwan ICBM and / or aerial refueling tankers.

I like how taiwan isn't even pretending it can win anymore. And what exactly is the last day? Do they mean fight to the death?
Fighting to the last man and the last drop of blood.
 

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look its been over 75 years and China didnt attack when Taiwan was weak

now Taiwan can stand up for itself you really think China will attack? no chance

Taiwan is democratic nation and can freely chose what it wants and its clearly said what it wants when they signed the $1.8 billion arms deal with US

It's the other way mate, Taiwan was in a stronger position before 1996.
 

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2 Nukes and Taiwan is a wasteland for decades to come, they should not jump beyond their capability and if they think US will fight China in full Nuclear exchange, than they don't know US at all.. US will threat , sanction and intimate China for as long as China is just talking about taking Taiwan back, the day China actually move in with the plan and threat US with a possible full blown Nuclear War, US will back down cause US always look for its interests, and they won't risk losing the entire US mainland and turn it into a nuclear wasteland of a tiny Island like Taiwan, trust me its not worth for America.
 

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look its been over 75 years and China didnt attack when Taiwan was weak

now Taiwan can stand up for itself you really think China will attack? no chance

Taiwan is democratic nation and can freely chose what it wants and its clearly said what it wants when they signed the $1.8 billion arms deal with US

Becos all major countries recognised PRC China Instead of taiwan. When is super bravado USA going to recognize taiwan instead of PRC China? Tell me who is the chicken and who is the Tiger?

Loser will find excuse that the recognition is redundant. Of cos, they will come out with such excuse to comfort themselves of US avoid pushing to total conflict with PRC China...
 

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Defend to the "last day"? Shouldn't the standard chest thumping call it defend to the last man? WTF is last day? A week after the attack or 3 days? LOL. Bet this guy is already sh!tting in his pants:azn:
Besides what do you expect them to say? We surrender? Low IQ Indians jerk off on anything, that's a given:rofl:
 

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