Within 24 Hours of Dire Chinese Threat, Country Launches Salvo of Nuke-Capable Missiles
In a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an Asian defense summit, General Wei Fenghe of the People’s Republic of China proudly boasted that his country stands ready to “fight at all costs for national unity.”
General Wei’s threat isn’t as innocent or defense-minded as it seems. It’s pointed directly at a neighboring country — Taiwan. The tiny island nation is all that remains of the Republic of China, the losing side in the bitter and bloody civil war that saw Communist domination of the Chinese mainland.
“China must be and will be reunified,” General Wei said. “We find no excuse not to do so.”
Shortly after the general’s speech, the People’s Liberation Army fired a salvo of missiles in a secretive test, according to The Washington Free Beacon. While it’s not clear whether the missiles were land-based Dongfeng missiles or China’s new JL-3 submarine-launched weapon, both are nuclear capable and equally frightening.
But how did it get to this point?
For over a hundred and fifty years, China has been struggling to throw off what they see as the yoke of Western imperialism. Starting before the turn of the 20th century, the country (under one government or another) was dealt a series of eye-opening losses at the hands of their technologically advanced rivals.
For a people that saw themselves as being led directly by just and powerful rulers chosen by the Mandate of Heaven, this was a blow they never truly recovered from.
The British Empire gained territory and forced addictive opioids on the Chinese people through the Opium Wars. An eight-nation alliance later crushed the Boxer Rebellion and enforced a humiliating set of demands known as the Boxer Protocols. Imperial Japan raped, pillaged, and burned their way through the coast in the early days of World War II.
But China has had enough.
Now, their economy and military dwarfs that of their former rivals. Japan’s military was neutered and weakened through a US-framed constitution in the aftermath of the second World War. The British fleet is a shadow of its former glory, and poses no threat in the faraway Pacific.
The Republic of China, the only true threat the Chinese Communist Party ever faced, is now bottled up on a mountainous island and outnumbered 50-to-1.
The only country able to stand in their way of total Pacific dominance is the United States.
With our powerful navy spearheaded by Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, which are in turn supported by hundreds of combat and logistics ships, we rule the waves all across the world. But as China knows all too well, they don’t have to beat us everywhere. They only need to beat us on their doorstep.
China’s missile salvo demonstrates that they are ready to do just that. With advanced anti-ship missiles, the Chinese don’t need to meet our navy head-on. They simply need to create a buffer zone in the western Pacific where they can operate without fear.
The artificial islands dotting their coast are another stroke of genius. They provide all the power and projection of an aircraft carrier, but can’t be sunk.
Once China’s coastal defense grid is complete, the United States Navy will be virtually powerless to operate offensively in the region. This means a helpless Taiwan, poised for invasion from mainland China.
“Reunification” has been the goal of the Communists for decades, and this is how it is realized.
“We will strive for the prospects of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and greatest efforts,” General Wei said of Taiwan’s independence, “but we make no promise to renounce the use of force.”
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