When we step back and take a good, hard look at the global situation these days, it becomes rather apparent that the possibility of World War III is certainly out there, lurking just past the horizon.
Not only are we witnessing Russia’s unhinged genocide of the Ukrainian people, (and the deranged nuclear threats that they’re employing to keep the barely-functioning invasion alive), but now China has seen an opportunity to harass Taiwan in a similar manner, knowing full well that they, too could use an atomic apocalypse as an ultimatum.
Taiwan on Saturday scrambled jets, naval responses and its missile systems after it detected 11 Chinese aircraft and naval vessels near the island.Advertisement - story continues below
Taipei’s defense ministry announced that two naval vessels and nine aircraft from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were found in and around the Taiwan Strait, including one which crossed the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
The patterns developing in the conflict are worrisome, to say the least.
China has conducted wargames in the region for months though its latest deployment of military forces to the area comes just days after senior PLA officers said the military was “on full-time standby” for war in the Strait, first reported the South China Morning Post Saturday.
The ominous message followed orders by Chinese President Xi Jinping last month to “fully enhance training and preparation for war.”Advertisement - story continues below
“We must be fully prepared to respond to external interference and major incidents relating to Taiwan independence through non-peaceful means and other necessary measures, always maintain a high state of readiness, and be ready for war at all times,” the head of the Central Military Commission’s research bureau, Major General Liu Yantong, wrote in a report issued to the Chinese Communist Party’s congress.
Months ago, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi poked the proverbial bear by visiting Taiwan – a move that China saw as an endorsement of the nation’s independence, and a flagrant dismissal of the “One China Policy”.