Taiwan holds live fire military exercises in response to China threat


India has indeed stitched up military logistics pacts to allow its warships access to U.S. bases in Djibouti, Diego Garcia, Guam and Subic Bay as well as French ones in the Reunion Islands (near Madagascar) and Djibouti, but they are not fully operational as of now.

China has planned to construct about 1.3 million kilometers of roads and 26,000 kilometers of expressways by 2020 to bolster its military's ability to mobilise more expediently across greater spans of the country, the Pentagon has told the US Congress.

Taiwan is only one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, including a trade war between the countries, US sanctions on the Chinese military, and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.

The report states that data submitted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that "more than $13 billion in duties imposed by the Trump administration were assessed on imported goods as of December 18", but that actual receipt could "lag and be lower" due to refunds and other factors. She said China "urged the USA military to reasonably and objectively treat China's military development and safeguard the military ties between the two countries".

In a meeting with US Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson in Beijing on Tuesday, China's Chief of Staff Li Zuocheng issued a warning against foreign forces coming to Taiwan's assistance.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday also condemned China's action in a news release, saying that the move demonstrated Beijing's "evil intent" to downgrade the nation's sovereignty. The Pentagon says Washington has sold Taiwan more than $15 billion in weaponry since 2010.

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On January 2, Chinese President Xi Jinping said no one could change the fact that Taiwan was "part of China", adding that Beijing would not give up the use of military force as an option to ensure the island's "reunification" with the mainland.

Xi has stepped up pressure on the democratic island since Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party became president in 2016.

Top American defense officials have long viewed China's military as a rising power that eventually seeks parity with the USA military force, leading the Pentagon to list it - alongside Russian Federation - as the top potential security threat in its latest National Defense Strategy released past year.

Still, the USA defense intelligence official cautioned against over-reacting, noting Xi could believe he has plenty of time to achieve reunification with Taiwan.

"The biggest concern is that as a lot of these technologies mature...[the Chinese] will reach a point where internally - within their decision-making - they will decide that using military force for a regional conflict is something that is more imminent", the official said, speaking under the condition of anonymity. The report also warned that Chinese forces are already fielding the most advanced weapons in the world in some areas.