China Sending In Troops To Do Military “Exercises” Near Taiwan

( China continues to ramp up its military presence over Taiwan in an apparent preparation for war.

According to recent reports, China had warplanes conducting military exercises near Taiwan on 30 of a possible 31 days in January. In all of those occasions, the planes actually entered Taiwanese airspace, media in Taiwan have reported.

According to China’s nationalist tabloid newspaper, the Global Times, the military exercises are being considered as “preparing to fight the possible war through exercises.”

Just last week, China declared that “independence means war,” which was a sign that the Communist country was ramping up efforts for a potential military action.

China continues to claim that Taiwan is one of its territories. It says the island continues to move toward a formal declaration of independence, especially since it has a government that is democratically elected. Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, countered by saying that his country is already independent from China.

The Liberty Times, a newspaper in Taiwan, reported that warplanes from China have been spotted intruding on Taiwan’s airspace in the south-western area of the country. Only one day in January included no reports of Chinese warplanes intruding on Taiwanese airspace.

Chinese media is not refuting these reports, either. The Global Times said Beijing is fully preparing for an all-out war through these stepped-up military exercises in the Taiwan region.

The paper quoted an analyst who said the Chinese government “has sent a clear warning by formulating easily understandable words that ‘Taiwan independence means war.'” It further said China “is also making concrete steps to prepare for [war] if it happens by conducting intensive exercises in the Taiwan Straits.”

The report further warned “foreign and Taiwan secessionist forces should not miscalculate the Chinese mainland, which is ‘both talking the talk and walking the walk.’

“The mainland is both talking the talk and walking the walk, so foreign and Taiwan secessionist forces should not make the strategic error of believing that the mainland dare not use force when needed, and such miscalculation could lead to a result neither side would like to see.”

This report from the Global Times follows comments from Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry, who last Thursday told reporters during his monthly news briefing that Taiwan was an inseparable part of the country of China.

He said, in part:

“The military activities carried out by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the Taiwan Strait are necessary actions to address the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait and to safeguard national sovereignty and security.

“They are a solemn response to external interference and provocations by ‘Taiwan independence’ forces.”

Wu said he believed there were only a “handful” of Taiwanese people who are seeking for their region to be independent from China. He warned:

“Those who play with fire will burn themselves, and ‘Taiwan independence’ means war.”

Taiwan’s government fired back the rhetoric, saying China should “think carefully” and not underestimate their “determination to defend its sovereignty and uphold freedom and democracy.”