Chinese military engages in beach assault drills in province closest to Taiwan – World Peace Organization
Monday, October 11e, the People’s Republic of China announced that its army had carried out landing and assault exercises on the beach in the southern part of Fujian Province. This province is directly across from Taiwan. Even though officials say the exercises have nothing to do with rising tensions, the recent increase in military exercises and warplane missions has raised concerns in the region and attracted the attention of international actors.
According to the official People’s Liberation Army (PLA), their “troops were divided into several waves to seize the beach and perform combat tasks at different stages”. Along with this report, a video was released which shows “soldiers in small boats storming a beach, throwing smoke grenades, piercing barbed wire and digging trenches in the sand,” according to the report. Reuters.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said the exercises should “fundamentally safeguard the general interests of the Chinese nation and the vital interests of the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.” In addition, their actions targeted forces promoting the island’s formal independence and deterred interference from external actors. Ma Xiaoguang added that the reason for the current levels of tension was due to the collusion of the Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) with foreign forces, namely the United States, and provocations aimed at obtaining official independence from Taiwan.
Since 1949 Taiwan has been governed independently, however, China still considers the island to be part of its jurisdiction. In the past, China has proposed a âone country, two systemsâ formula like the one established in Hong Kong. However, Taiwan rejected the offer because the “majority of Taiwanese [are] in favor of maintaining their de facto independent status â, according to the Associated press, “without giving in to China’s demands for political unification”. Currently, the Chinese government continues to promote the “one-China principle” and ultimately seeks the unification of Taiwan with the mainland according to the Foreign Relations Council, while Taiwan seeks formal independence.
China continued to use its military might to deter Taiwan and its potential foreign allies. Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng called the situation the most serious in 40 years since his enlistment. Reuters Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported that it was concerned about “China’s growing prowess, with the entry into service of new aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines and amphibious assault ships.” The increased capabilities of the Chinese military show that it is imperative to find a peaceful solution to this conflict before either side resorts to force.
The actions China has taken in recent weeks make it clear that this conflict needs a solution as soon as possible. Currently, neither side has explicitly declared its willingness to use force, so a peaceful resolution of the Sino-Taiwan issue is still possible, but not guaranteed. It is imperative that China ceases its tactics of military intimidation against Taiwan and that the international community help the two sides to find a peaceful compromise in the face of this situation. Whether it is progressive reunification or globally recognized independence, Taiwan deserves to emerge from this state of limbo.