Taiwan claims that Chinese forces could ‘paralyze’ its defenses

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Taiwan claims that Chinese forces could 'paralyze' its defenses
A Taiwanese Air Force F-16 in foreground flies on the flank of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6 bomber as it passes near Taiwan on Feb. 10, 2020. (Republic of China (ROC) Ministry of National Defense via AP)

In its annual defense report, Taiwan warned that the Chinese regime could “paralyze” the island’s defenses and fully monitor its deployments.

In its most recent report, Taiwan’s National Defense Ministry identified more serious Chinese military threats. On August 31, the Ministry submitted to the legislature a report on Chinese military capabilities as well as the defense budget for the coming year.

According to this year’s report, the Chinese military could launch “soft and hard electronic attacks.” This includes cutting off communications across the western part of the first island chain, which runs from the Japanese archipelago to Taiwan and down to the Philippines.

According to the report, China “can combine with its internet army to launch wired and wireless attacks against the global internet, which would initially paralyze our air defenses, command of the sea, and counter-attack system abilities, posing a huge threat.”

China is also capable of “paralyzing” Taiwan’s military command centers and combat capacity of its naval and air forces with precision missile attacks that can hit anywhere on the island, according to the report.

The Chinese military, according to the report, is still unable to conduct large-scale landing operations due to a lack of transport capabilities and logistical support. Beijing, on the other hand, is working to improve these capabilities.

The Chinese regime considers the self-ruled island to be part of its territory and has suggested using force to take control of democratic Taiwan.

Furthermore, the Ministry referred to the regime’s threats to use disinformation to influence public opinion as well as repeated incursions into its air defense zone. According to the Ministry’s real-time data, Taiwan has detected over 400 Chinese patrols in the last eight months, which is more than the total number of patrols detected in 2020.

According to a Taiwanese military expert, the report raises concerns about the regime’s military preparations while also requesting political and diplomatic assistance from the international community.

According to Lee Cheng-hsiu, a senior assistant research fellow at the National Policy Foundation’s National Security Division in Taipei, the purpose of this report is to “raise the alarm about the Chinese Community Party’s (CCP) military preparations and ambitions for aggression against Taiwan.”

“It urged the international community to acknowledge the risk of armed conflict across the Taiwan Strait,” Lee said on Wednesday. “On the other hand, it serves as a reminder to Taiwanese to be wary of CCP force threats.”

Lee stated that the Biden administration continues to believe that the Chinese regime lacks the capability to attack Taiwan, and that the US hopes that, through dialogue, the island can improve its defense capabilities and defuse tensions.

The US State Department approved $750 million in military equipment for Taiwan last month, citing the support as the foundation for maintaining regional stability. The Trump administration also approved a $600 million weapons sale in 2020.

In response to the CCP’s increased military activities, Taiwan proposed the largest defense budget for 2022, NT $376.6 billion ($13.4 billion), with an additional $1.4 billion for new fighter jets, according to Taiwan’s state-owned Central News Agency.

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