Taiwan’s digital minister, Audrey Tang, commented on September 14 that the island is analyzing alternatives for internet access, such as the Starlink satellite, which helped Ukraine to stay connected during the conflict with Russia. The island is taking precautions in case of an attack.
Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite also played a major role in the latest protests in Iran after the death of young Mahsa Amini, when the government decided to leave the people without an internet signal. Now the question is whether the service will be made available to Taiwan and if so it will be a challenge to the Chinese Communist Party.
It is worth noting that during House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August visit to the island, the Chinese regime threatened with its BeiDou satellite, and put planes in the air following Pelosi’s flight. But the Chinese navigation system failed and the CCP planes missed Pelosi’s flight.
Taiwan seeks satellite backup network
Like most countries, Taiwan uses fiber optics to connect to the rest of the world via undersea cables.
These undersea cables terminate on land in buildings called landing stations, which are then connected to a local Internet network.
A study released on August 29 by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University claims that these cables land in just three locations in Taiwan: the city of New Taipei, the town of Toucheng in the north and the town of Fangshan in the south.
The center said the open-source data analysis showed that these stations are among China’s strategic points of interest when it comes to planning an invasion.
Against this backdrop, should Chinese regime decide to choose to destroy or disrupt the satellite signal supplying internet to the island, the consequences could be catastrophic.
Tang believes that the option of quickly connecting to satellites to keep the island connected is crucial. And she takes Ukraine’s reaction to the war with Russia as an example.
So the risks of a Chinese attack are real. Last August the Chinese regime reaffirmed that it “would not renounce the use of force” to seize the island.
Disinformation attack by the Chinese regime
According to Tang, the constant propaganda that it will attack Taiwan is aimed at undermining confidence in the island’s democracy, with messages such as, “Democracy does not work. Democracy always leads to chaos. Democracy cannot counter the pandemic. Democracy can’t even manage an election properly.”
The island’s government has decided to counter the “rumor with humor.” And one such disinformation campaign was experienced during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fake news claimed that Taiwanese authorities were going to confiscate toilet paper to make disposable masks.
The aim was to get people to panic and create chaos by compulsively buying toilet paper, Tang said.
In response, the government released a photo of Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang next to an information graphic revealing how toilet paper and face masks were made from different products, The Globe and Mail reported.
Tang said, When people came across this picture, they laughed and it took away their sense of outrage.” She added, “The panic buying was solved within a couple of days because the government’s response went viral and ended up overcoming the rumor with humor.”
The CCP has launched all kinds of intimidation and crude campaigns to strike fear in the hearts of the Taiwanese, and tensions between the two countries has escalated to levels never seen before. If an attack is unleashed by the Chinese regime, it will become clear who are friends and who are not.