What China’s shifting relationship with Western media says about its ambition in Taiwan and the South China Sea

Something fascinating is happening with regard to China right now. A nation that for many years has shunned engagement with the Western media is changing by the day, a new-found public confidence on display for all to see. There were two instances over the past week that starkly illustrated this new confidence. The first example is from Timor-Leste, or East Timor, the poorest country in Asia, where I was visiting on assignment for 7.30. On the main road through the capital, Dili, which runs along the tiny country’s waterfront, our ABC team…

Is Taiwan Becoming Asia’s Ukraine? – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Taiwan and Ukraine are far apart, geographically different, and have contrasting geopolitical valuations. One is in Asia, an island, and the world’s largest microchip maker. The other is in Europe, a continental country with a maritime frontage, with a bustling pre-war industrial base, and is one of the world’s breadbaskets. But as a devastating war in Ukraine entered its seventh month with no end in sight, growing tensions in the Taiwan Strait make for stark comparisons. Is Ukraine the present and Taiwan the future? Ukraine is to Russia what Cuba…

Taiwan commissions first homemade LPD

The Republic of China Navy (ROCN), on 30 September, commissioned its first indigenous landing platform dock (LPD). Named Yushan, the new LPD will replace missions performed by Second World War-vintage tank landing ships (LSTs) and two ex-USN Newport-class LSTs that were transferred in 1995 and entered ROCN service in 1997. These vessels in the Amphibious 151st Fleet are used to supply outlying bases such as Taiping (in the Spratly Islands) or Kinmen Island. Although the 151st Fleet practises amphibious warfare annually, there is no sign of the ROCN conducting offensive…

Taiwan adds new amphibious warfare ship to defence inventory | News

New addition to Taiwan’s navy is part of a initiative by President Tsai Ing-wen to foster defence self-sufficiency. Taiwan’s navy has taken delivery of a new, domestically made amphibious warfare ship that can be used to land troops and bolster supply lines to vulnerable islands, part of a push by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to achieve defence self-sufficiency. The 10,600-tonne (11,684 tons) Yu Shan, named after Taiwan’s tallest mountain, is the latest development in Tsai’s ambitious programme to modernise the independent island’s armed forces as pressure from China’s military mounts.…

Water Wars: U.S. Counters Beijing’s Reaction to Pelosi Visit With $1.1 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan

U.S.-China Tensions Continue to Escalate Over Taiwan Chinese Drones Buzz Taiwan Following Speaker Pelosi’s Visit; Taiwan Responds Following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) visit to Taiwan on Aug. 2, Beijing reacted by holding military exercises around the island. As our previous Lawfare column detailed, China announced live-fire military drills from Aug. 4 to 7, which included the launching of ballistic missiles. Since the conclusion of these large-scale military exercises, Chinese drones have started to buzz the island. In the past few weeks, nearly 30 unarmed drones have buzzed islands belonging…

Taiwan, And The World, Needs To Worry About Western Disinterest In Protecting It – The Diplomat

Advertisement To repeat a cliche, U.S. President Joe Biden has turned America’s decades-old policy of “strategic ambiguity” over whether it would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion into one of “strategic unambiguity.” He has said on several occasions that the U.S. would, in fact, militarily come to Taiwan’s defense. He was asked the same question earlier this month. He replied: “Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.” The German Marshall Fund’s latest Transatlantic Trends survey, released on Thursday, makes for depressing reading if you’re sitting…

Taiwan inducts new amphibious ship in push to bolster indigenous defence industry

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s navy took delivery on Friday of a new, domestically made amphibious warfare ship that can be used to land troops and bolster supply lines to vulnerable islands, part of President Tsai Ing-wen’s defence self-sufficiency push. The 10,600-tonne Yu Shan, named after Taiwan’s tallest mountain, is the latest development in Tsai’s ambitious programme to modernise the armed forces amid increased pressure from China, which claims the island as its own. Speaking at the delivery ceremony in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, Tsai said…

US will operate ‘unafraid’ in Taiwan Strait: VP Harris

This photo taken on October 20, 2020 shows tourists posing for photos next to anti-landing spikes placed along the coast of Taiwan’s Kinmen islands, which lie just 3.2 kms from the mainland China coast (in background) in the Taiwan Strait. The tank traps on the beaches of Kinmen Island are a stark reminder that Taiwan lives under the constant threat of a Chinese invasion – and fears of a conflict breaking out are now at their highest in decades. Sam Yeh, AFP/file Washington will operate “undaunted and unafraid” throughout Asia,…

Harris calls China’s behavior ‘disturbing’ and reiterates US support for Taiwan in speech

By Colin McCullough, CNN Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday accused China of “undermining key elements of the international rules-based order” and called its behavior in the East China Sea, South China Sea and Taiwan Strait “disturbing.” Harris, speaking aboard the USS Howard at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, also echoed President Joe Biden’s recent comments backing Taiwan, saying the US will “continue to oppose any unilateral change to the status quo. And we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, consistent with our long-standing policy.” Harris’ remarks come at…