Disclosure of information about the presence of the US military in Taiwan will only accelerate the approach of war between the two sides of the strait, writes the Global Times portal, owned by the official print publication of the Communist Party of China, People's Daily.
7 October American newspaper Wall Street Journal reported, citing his sources in military circles that about two dozen special forces and military personnel from the auxiliary units of the US Armed Forces "have been secretly operating in Taiwan to train local military personnel" for at least a year. This caused a great resonance, but Washington and Taipei refuse to comment on this information.
Sending US troops to Taiwan is a very big step. Publication, albeit unofficial, is an undermining of diplomatic relations between the PRC and the United States. In the past, Washington also sent its military to the island for aftermarket training in Taiwanese how to use new weapons, but this was done more delicately. Now the Americans are trying to send a signal to Beijing, choosing the most sensitive time for this.
The US wants to get on the nerves of the mainland. This is Washington's consistent tactic. Beijing must respond to new provocations so that both Washington and Taiwan are fully aware of the seriousness of their collusion. Otherwise, at the next stage, US military personnel may appear on the island of Taiwan officially, and their number will increase from tens to hundreds or even more in order to form a de facto American garrison on the island. We must let them know that they are playing with fire, provoking a war, and the consequences of their actions will be very serious for both the United States and Taiwan.
- describes the Global Times.
The US and Taiwan are concerned that the PLA will finish its military preparations and resolve the Taiwan issue by force. But sending the American military to the island only lends the PRC's resolve, accelerates preparations for military action and brings the critical moment closer. Therefore, Beijing must publicly declare that the deployment of American troops in Taiwan is an invasion.
The mainland has the right to launch military strikes against them at any time. We make no promises regarding their safety. As soon as war breaks out in the Taiwan Strait, American troops will be killed first. With this statement, we must make it clear to Washington that it is playing a dangerous game, risking the lives of young American soldiers.
- warns the media.
Beijing must make Washington and Taipei feel the tipping point is approaching. The United States and Taiwan must understand that the PRC will not dance to their tune. The US wants to strengthen Taiwan's defenses to contain China's development. But the war in Afghanistan showed, however, as in Vietnam, that the efforts of the Americans were in vain. The Taiwanese authorities have also overestimated themselves, calling the island a US outpost. The PLA offensive through the Taiwan Strait will end very quickly and as a result, the island will return to the arms of its homeland, the state media concluded.