A former Australian Army major general has warned China could attack US resources in a manner similar to the infamous surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
Liberal Senator Jim Molan believes It’s possible that China could achieve its dual goal of removing and bringing in American influence from the western Pacific Taiwan to gain control by attacking US resources in the region.
“After removing America from the western Pacific, they say to Taiwan: well, Taiwan, what are you going to do now? Will you keep fighting without the Americans supporting you? Of course not,’ said Mr Molan Sky News Australia.
He then warned that should such a scenario materialize, Australia should be very cautious about its exposure to the United States.
“Whatever it is, this war will be high-tech, it will be sharp, it will be fast — and we will have no idea it’s coming,” he said.
Jim Molan (left) says China could attack US resources in a surprise attack similar to the attack on Pearl Harbor, saying “It’s going to be sharp, it’s going to be fast — and we’ll have no idea it’s coming” . He also warned that Australia should be careful about the resources it commits
Taiwan is about 130 km off the coast of mainland China, where the East China Sea meets the South China Sea
Earlier this week, China said it would conduct a massive series of war games around Taiwan, beginning August 2 and lasting through August 8.
Blocking the island from the outside world and encroaching on its territorial waters, the military exercises involve ground, air and naval forces conducting live-fire exercises in what poses the greatest threat to the territory’s independence in decades.
The increased aggression from Beijing was sparked by US spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi – America’s third most senior politician – who provocatively visited the island on August 3.
Pelosi has been a high-profile critic of China’s human rights record for decades, and the trip was seen as cementing that legacy as she nears the end of her career.
Beijing appears to be rehearsing an attack on the island, which President Xi Jinping has vowed will “reunite” with the mainland.
Should China invade, the US is expected to take steps to defend Taiwan’s independence, despite officially supporting a “one China” policy that does not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty.
Taiwan is a cluster of islands located about 130km off the coast of southern China, where the East China Sea meets the South China Sea.
Home to 23 million people, it has been ruled at various times by Dutch colonizers, China’s Qing Emperors, and Imperial Japan.
Chinese anti-aircraft batteries take part in military exercises aimed at intimidating Taiwan
Taiwan sees itself as an independent country, while China sees it as a breakaway province that needs to be “reunited.”
The most recent crisis between Taiwan and China occurred in 1995, when China attempted to intimidate Taiwan with a series of missile tests, provoking a huge display of military might by the US, leading to Beijing eventually backing down.
Xi Jinping (pictured) gave a speech in 2019 pledged to “reunify” Taiwan and said he would use force if necessary
In 2019, Xi Jinping – the current president of China – gave a speech in which he promised Taiwan’s “reunification” with the mainland, calling it a “great trend in history”.
He opened the door to a peaceful reunion, but added: “We make no promise not to use force and reserve the option to take any action necessary.”
Xi’s comments came amid a major update on China’s military and after China built bases on islands in the South China Sea and threatened US ships sailing nearby.
In the years since his speech, Beijing has mocked Taiwan by flying military jets in ever-increasing numbers across the straits.
Nancy Pelosi (left) meets with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (right) in Taipei August 3, sparking outrage in Beijing
The US, meanwhile, is forging new alliances in the region with countries like India, Australia and Japan to counter Beijing’s might.
Ms. Pelosis’ visit came at an awkward time for Mr. Xi, who is preparing to be inaugurated as president for a historic third term in the fall and sees “reunification” of Taiwan as his destiny.
He has responded with an unprecedented show of force, making the bold and destructive claim that “those who play with fire will die.”
A Chinese Xian H-6 bomber is pictured in the sky over the Taiwan Strait amid huge military exercises that will effectively blockade the island
Any war between Taiwan and China – regardless of whether the US was involved – would certainly result in bloodshed and destabilization in the Asian region.
Taiwan is well equipped and although much smaller compared to China, it has been preparing for an attack from the mainland for decades.
‘We’ll have no idea it’s coming’: Jim Molan’s chilling warning of China’s war with Taiwan, US
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