Taiwan forced to beef up its military as China preparing for ‘final military assault’

Taiwan: Foreign Minister warns of 'military assault' from China

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Speaking to Sky News yesterday Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu explained Taiwan has been forced to invest massively in its military as the threat of a Chinese invasion grows. The foreign minister said Taiwan was putting “more investment in our military” after issuing a grave warning that China “seems to be preparing for their final military assault against Taiwan”. But despite the concerns he stressed that the people of Taiwan are “determined to defend ourselves” in the face of growing Chinese aggression. 

Mr Wu said: “They (China) have been conducting disinformation campaigns, hybrid warfare and recently they have increased their greyzone activities against Taiwan.”

And in a sobering statement, the Foreign Minister said: ”All this seems to be preparing for their final military assault against Taiwan.”

But he stressed how the defence of Taiwan “is our own responsibility” adding “we take our own defence very seriously” and vowed how the country is “determined to defend ourselves.”

He added: “We are trying to make more investment in our military, especially the assymetric type of warfare to deter the Chinese from thinking about using military force against Taiwan.”

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Mr Wu went on to stress: “After all, this is our country, this is our people and this is our way of life.

“We will defend ourselves to the very end!”

And in a grave conclusion, Mr Wu said: “And I should also point out that Taiwan happens to be on the frontline of China’s extension of its authoritarian order.

“And if Taiwan is taken by China I think the consequences will be global.”

China set to 'deploy largest amphibious assault ship' into sea

The news comes as earlier week China warned Australia to “stop meddling” in its internal affairs and demanded the Aussies support the annexing of Taiwan amid an ongoing trade war between the countries.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said: “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory, and the Taiwan issue is purely China’s internal affairs that involves China’s core interests and allows no foreign interference.

“China must and will be reunified… we are willing to do our utmost to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification, but will never leave any room for any forms of ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionist activities.

“We hope the Australian side can avoid sending any wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces and take more actions that is conducive to peace and stability across the strait and for China-Australia relations.”

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Last week China launched its largest assault ship for operations in the South China Sea as it beefs up its military.

The Hainan 31 is China’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship capable of transporting almost the whole of the Chinese Marine Corps.

The massive assault ship weighs 40,000 tonnes and can carry 30 helicopters and hundreds of troops.

It has a full-length flight deck for helicopter operations and features a ‘well deck’ where hovercraft and armored amphibious assault vehicles can disembark from inside of the ship to launch an attack.

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