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“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” he was quoted as saying.
He said the armed forces needed to be able to respond quickly to emergencies, needed to upgrade their joint operations capabilities and nurture new types of combat forces.
Xi’s comments followed his remarks on Wednesday that China still reserved the right to use force to achieve “reunification” with Taiwan and prevent the island’s independence.
Xi’s Taiwan speech came just days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act into law, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the island’s security.
Tsai’s comments came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping said nobody could change the fact that Taiwan was part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek “reunification”.
“We hope that the international community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us,” Tsai told reporters in Taipei, referring to threats by China to use force to bring Taiwan under its control.
If the international community did not support a democratic country that was under threat, “we might have to ask which country might be next?” Tsai added.
Taiwan is China’s most sensitive issue and is claimed by Beijing as its sacred territory. Xi has stepped up pressure on the democratic island since Tsai from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party became president in 2016.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reports Admiral Lou gave a wide-ranging speech on the state of Sino-US relations. The high-profile, hawkish military commentator reportedly declared the current trade spat was “definitely not simply friction over economics and trade,” but was instead a “prime strategic issue”.
His speech, delivered on December 20 to the 2018 Military Industry List summit, declared that China’s new and highly capable anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles were more than capable of hitting US carriers, despite them being at the centre of a ‘bubble’ of defensive escorts.
“What the United States fears the most is taking casualties,” Admiral Lou declared.
He said the loss of one super carrier would cost the US the lives of 5000 service men and women. Sinking two would double that toll. “We’ll see how frightened America is."
In the years since 2011, Chinese researchers have been testing the weapon at greater distances. A US intelligence report found that China's weapon would be able to strike 200 kilometres away with a projectile velocity of 2.5 kilometres per second (9,000kph — greater than Mach 7).
State Department issues China travel advisory State Department issues China travel advisory 12:00 PM ET Thu, 3 Jan 2019 | 01:15 The U.S. State Department on Thursday updated its travel warning about China, urging Americans to "exercise increased caution" in the country "due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals."
High-profile defections by one of North Korea's elite are rare and would be a huge embarrassment for leader Kim Jong-un. State media has often insisted that any defections by diplomats are part of a plot by South Korea or the United States to undermine its government.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the PLA aircraft believed to be a Y-9 type reconnaissance aircraft entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone on three separate instants within the day without providing any notice of its intent.
An official from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, plane first flew into the zone from an area close to Jeju and Ieo islands at 10:21 am and stayed for about an hour.
The following visits happened at 11:54 am and 2:14 pm. Fighter jets were scrambled to track the Chinese plane, which was also issued a warning message, adding that the defense ministry in Seoul later summoned the military attaché from the Chinese embassy.
Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya “strongly protested” to South Korea on Friday after a South Korean destroyer allegedly locked its targeting radar on a Japanese surveillance plane.
Iwaya, speaking to reporters at his ministry, described the action as “extremely dangerous that could cause an unexpected situation”.
The incident came at a time when greater coordination is called for between the two Asian neighbors to tackle issues including North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, maritime security and natural disasters, he said.
"The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," he said. Multiple Chinese warships shadowed the two US vessels during the transit, following at a safe distance.
There was no immediate comment from China. The voyage risks further heightening tensions with China, but will likely be viewed in self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support by President Donald Trump's government, amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.
It was the second time in three months US warships have conducted so-called "freedom of navigation" exercises in the 180km-wide stretch of water.
originally posted by: chucha
I think China build 10 aircraft carriers and choke Taiwan's airspace and sea routes and force Taiwan to surrender.
Ask anyone who has seen it first Hand, war is to be avoided at almost any cost. I hope and pray it does not come to that.
It would be a big move and could start WWIII. That would not be good news.