Following the 20th Communist Party Congress, Xi Jinping secured a third term as CCP general secretary and urged the country’s armed forces to “completely improve war readiness.” He also stressed the importance of unification with Taiwan for the “rejuvenation of China.”
The Chinese leader knows that the People’s Liberation Army is “out of shape” and if it wants to advance on Taiwan it must move quickly to become a “first-rate” army in the world, in his words.
PLA military leaders recently published a book where they expressed their own understanding of Xi’s orders and how they would be executed.
Liu Yantong, head of the Central Military’ Commission’s research office said, “We must be fully prepared to respond to external interference and major incidents related to Taiwan independence through non-peaceful means and other necessary measures,.” he added that they must be prepared for whenever it comes.
Former Central Commission vice chairman Xu Qiliang was more direct about Taiwan. In the book he noted that the PLA should be “decisive” in “crushing” Taiwan independence attempts as well as foreign interference and be ready for war at any time.
He wrote, “It must always maintain a posture of high readiness, like arrows on a string drawn ready to run, to ensure that troops are prepared to fight at all times.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had noted that plans had changed and that the regime now wants Taiwan back quickly.
Indeed, the Chinese leader was clear on this point during his speech at the 20th Party Congress and received applause from all present.
However, the PLA is not yet ready to successfully make a breakthrough on the island nation, blockade ports, and coordinate all forces.
Even so, senior military commanders responded to Xi’s request, noting that the PLA must be “ready for war.”
Moreover, with the new promotions to the Standing Committee announced after the Party Congress, and highlighting the experience of Gen. He Weidong, it is clear that the Chinese leader is strengthening the military for confrontations against Taiwan.
CCP document reveals only way to stop foreign invasion of Taiwan
As reported by South China Morning Post, a new book published by Communist Party members indicates what the strategy would be to prevent a foreign invasion in the Taiwan Strait.
The Post explains the reasons for the new amendments made to the Party’s constitution. According to an article in the book, “only through complete reunification of the homeland can compatriots on both sides completely free themselves from the shadow of civil war and jointly create and share permanent peace across the Taiwan Strait.”
Only through following the path of unification, the article said, “can Taiwan avoid being occupied by foreign countries again, and we can defeat attempts by outside forces to contain China and safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.”
The issue of Taiwan unification was first added to the Communist Party’s constitution with a very explicit reference to “opposing and containing Taiwan’s independence.”
The book also exposes that for the Chinese communist regime, some U.S. influences see the CCP as a strategic opponent and a major challenge.
The article noted, “These forces are doing all they can to contain and suppress China, using Taiwan to subdue China.”
the article goes on, “The United States claims to support the one-China policy, not Taiwan independence, but some forces in the country have been acting in the opposite direction … they strengthen official connections with Taiwan, plan military sales, and strengthen U.S.-Taiwan military ties.”
According to the CCP, these forces are responsible for encouraging “separatist forces” in Taiwan and increasing tension in the strait.
The Chinese Communist Party’s discourse on Taiwan has always been belligerent, and this intensified after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island nation.
Chinese diplomat says there is no deadline for taking the island
From the United States, a Chinese diplomat said the regime had no time frame for Taiwan’s unification with the mainland. Jing Quan, a minister at the Chinese Embassy in Washington said, “I don’t think there is a so-called timeline on the Taiwan issue.”
Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of U.S. naval operations, said last week that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan could happen as early as this year, according to reports that emerged after the Chinese Communist Party Congress.
Chinese official’s comments denied that the People’s Liberation Army had any deadline. Jing said, “Some people talk about five years, 10 years, 2035, 2049. I don’t think so. … We want to unite as soon as possible, but we don’t have a timeline.”
For Gilday, “What we have seen in the last 20 years is that they kept all the promises they made earlier than they said they were going to keep.”
He added, “So when we talk about the 2027 window, in my view, it has to be a 2022 window or potentially a 2023 window.”