[EpochTimesOctober092021]Hello everyone, and welcome everyone to pay attention to “News Highlights”. I am Li Muyang. Today is October 8th (Friday) Eastern Time, and October 9th (Saturday) Asia Time.
Today’s focus: 23 U.S. troops are permanently stationed in Taiwan, and nearly 4,000 officials visit Taiwan every year; U.S. troops stationed in Taiwan for more than one year? Implement a long-term military plan; the triangle balance is no longer, the CCP responded with laughter; anti-Xiqi forces counterattack? The U.S. gave color to the CCP; the two highlights of the Double Ten cocktail party were attended by the Czech ambassador to the U.S.
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On the 8th, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Xi Jinping spoke on the phone. Kishida put forward a number of issues such as Diaoyu Islands, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang, and suggested that the dialogue should continue in the future. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China stated that Xi Jinping told Kishida that the two countries should “properly” handle sensitive issues such as Taiwan, strengthen dialogue and economic policy coordination, and promote regional cooperation.
NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg said on the 8th that the current international competition is becoming increasingly fierce. China (the CCP) is demonstrating its economic and military power to intimidate other countries. Europe, the United States and allies must jointly respond to the challenges of the CCP.
Luo Changping, a senior financial media person in the mainland, referred to the “Ice Sculpture Company” in the CCP’s main theme “Changjin Lake” as the “Sand Sculpture Company” and was bombarded by the CCP’s official media. After Luo Changping apologized, Weibo was still muted. And on the 8th, the Sanya police in Hainan reported that Luo Changping had been under criminal detention.
The General Administration of Market Supervision of the Communist Party of China announced on the 8th that Meituan was fined 3.4 billion yuan for monopolistic behavior. Analysts said that the CCP authorities have recently rectified the platform economy, on the one hand to clean up the various problems that have arisen in the development of these enterprises, and on the other to strengthen the control of private enterprises.
As of 1 p.m. Eastern time on October 8th, the number of newly diagnosed CCP viruses (Wuhan virus, COVID-19) worldwide was 502,948, and the total number of confirmed cases reached 237.55 million,924; 9,733 people died in a single day. The cumulative total number of deaths is 4,849,411. But at the beginning of this month, Reuters statistics showed that the number of deaths in the world had already exceeded 5 million.
Let’s enter today’s topic. In the past two days, news about the US military stationed in Taiwan has burst out one after another. According to the Pentagon, there are 23 Marines, 2 Navy and 5 Air Forces “permanently stationed” in Taiwan. This fierce material is likely to break the balance of the US-China-Taiwan triangle. Who is deliberately releasing materials to break the balance? Will the CCP take any action because of this?
The US military stationed in Taiwan for more than one year?Help the national army improve its combat power
At the opening ceremony of the “2021 Yushan Forum: Dialogue on Innovation and Progress in Asia” today (8th), Tsai Ing-wen once again reiterated his view of being soft and strong. Coexist under the principle of predictability. But Taiwan will also do its best to defend its free and democratic way of life.”
Tsai Ing-wen did not mention any country, but no one would doubt that she was referring to the CCP that invaded Taiwan’s air defense identification zone one after another. In the four days at the beginning of this month, the CCP dispatched nearly 150 military planes, threatening and intimidating Taiwan with unprecedented levels, causing the situation in Taiwan to rapidly heat up.
For this reason, Britain, Japan, and Australia have all criticized the CCP’s military pressure on Taiwan. Especially in the United States, the White House and the State Department issued separate statements condemning the CCP’s military intimidation and provocation against Taiwan. Emphasizes that the commitment and support to Taiwan is as solid as a rock, and will continue to provide Taiwan with the weapons and equipment needed for defense.
Yesterday (7th) “The Wall Street Journal” disclosed a news, which strongly supports that the United States’ commitment to Taiwan is not just talking.
The report quoted an anonymous U.S. official as saying that a small number of U.S. special forces members have been taking turns in Taiwan to help Taiwan troops improve their combat capabilities for at least a year. In other words, during the Trump administration, the U.S. military has dispatched special forces to Taiwan.
However, US Department of Defense spokesman John Supp said he would not comment on this. He only emphasized that the United States’ support for Taiwan and the defense relationship between the United States and Taiwan are consistent with the current threat posed by the CCP. He called on Beijing to abide by its promise to resolve cross-strait issues peacefully.
Taiwan’s Executive Yuan Su Zhenchang also did not directly respond to media inquiries, only saying that “you can get more help.” Taiwan’s Deputy Defense Minister Bai Honghui also adopted a circuitous tactic to the media’s statement, saying that the situation in the Taiwan Strait is severe and that international cooperation is still “not commented” in accordance with the usual practice, but any international cooperation is welcome.
The US and Taiwan officials did not give a positive response, but AFP today (8th) confirmed that there are 2 groups of about 24 American soldiers in Taiwan.
The anonymous U.S. official said that one group is American special forces, which are training for the Taiwan Army squad; the other group is members of the U.S. Marine Corps, who are cooperating with the Taiwan Navy for small boat training.
Bo Ming, a distinguished visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, told the Wall Street Journal that in the first 15 years of this century, Taiwan had seriously neglected its own defense and purchased too many expensive equipment. Hours were destroyed. He believes that it is very necessary for Taiwan to vigorously and skillfully develop its own defense.
The deputy national security adviser during the Trump era pointed out that if Taiwan purchases cheaper but lethal systems, such as anti-ship missiles, smart mines, etc., plus well-trained reserve and auxiliary forces, these systems will have comprehensive combat capabilities. It is possible to increase the difficulty of the CCP’s combat plan.
In other words, to enhance the combat capability of the troops, coupled with a variety of lethal weapon systems, this role is greater, more practical, and more effective.
The US military has been in Taiwan for a long-term military plan?
In fact, judging from various sources, the rotation of a small number of US troops in Taiwan is not a temporary act, and it is likely to be a long-term plan. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense stated today (8th) that “all military exchanges between the national army are carried out in accordance with the annual plan.”
The British Broadcasting Corporation BBC was also confirmed today by an insider that the US-Taiwan military cooperation training disclosed by the Wall Street Journal was “not to deal with the recent tension in the Taiwan Strait” and “this is a regular training, not a temporary military plan.” This kind of military training did not happen this year or last year, but “always exists, but no one talks about it.”
The insider, who did not want to be named, pointed out that the US and Taiwan “built it in foreign arms sales and paid a service price. Washington will not give away anything for free, and they will even tax your purchase.”
As early as November last year, news of the US-Taiwan military exchanges was disclosed by the Taiwan media. At that time, the Taiwan media reported that the commander of the Taiwan Navy said that the US Navy commandos were training the Taiwan Navy for infiltration operations of assault boats and speedboats.
However, both the US and Taiwan’s Defense Department denied this. But this does not rule out the possibility of deliberately letting the media break the news first, and then make a verbal denial, in order to prevent the CCP from catching the handle.
In June last year, the U.S. military released a video showing that U.S. military personnel were conducting joint exercises with the Taiwanese military. The exercise code-named “Balance tampering” (Balance tampering).
The Taiwan media “Jiang Jiao International” analyzed that the saying that the “US military instructor group is stationed in Taiwan” has actually been circulated in the defense industry for many years, and it is “secret and unannounced” rather than “accidental exposure.”
Taiwan’s military expert Li Zhengxiu told Free Asia that the United States has always attached importance to Taiwan’s security and that military cooperation and exchanges with Taiwan in the past “uninterrupted”. He believes that the “Wall Street Journal” only highlights the parts of the deeper cooperation in the past few years, and “puts on the stage” the military interaction between the US and Taiwan.
23 US troops “permanently stationed in Taiwan” nearly 4,000 officials visit Taiwan each year
In the process of sorting out the manuscript, I found out that the Economist broke even more fierce news today. The article quoted the contents of a document from the Pentagon. As of June 30 this year, 23 U.S. Marines were “permanently stationed” in Taiwan.
The report also pointed out that in addition to the 23 US Marines who are “permanently stationed in Taiwan”, there are also 2 navy and 5 air force personnel. In addition, as of 2018, approximately 3,500-4,000 Pentagon personnel will visit Taiwan each year.
The report stated that after retreating from the national army to Taiwan, the United States signed the “Mutual Defense Treaty” with Taiwan in 1954 to defend Taiwan with its military and nuclear weapons. And during the Vietnam War, 30,000 US troops were stationed in Taiwan.
However, in 1971, the Nixon administration switched to contact with the CCP in order to encourage the Soviet Union, and in 1979 the United States and China established diplomatic relations with Taiwan and severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan. After that, the United States withdrew its troops in Taiwan. But at present, the United States is quietly giving more support to Taiwan.
The article stated that when the new location of the American Association in Taiwan was opened in 2019, the United States had admitted that in the past 14 years, US Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel had performed missions in Taiwan and were responsible for protecting US embassies in various places.
The Economist report mentioned a routinely updated document from the U.S. Department of Defense. It shows that as of June 30, 23 US Marines, 2 Navy and 5 Air Forces have been “permanently stationed” to Taiwan.
The article also quoted sources as saying that 3,500 to 4,000 officials from the US Department of Defense travel to Taiwan every year. Some of them helped improve the military skills of the Taiwan army.
Please note that 23 Marines, 2 Navy, and 5 Air Forces are “permanently stationed” in Taiwan, which means that Taiwan has been stationed with US troops for a long time. Regardless of the number of people, and no matter which branch of the U.S. military is, that is not a big problem. The key issue is that Taiwan has long been stationed with US troops.
Is the triangle balance broken?The CCP responded with laughter
In fact, it can be seen from many sources that the training of the US military in Taiwan has not only occurred in the past two years, but has always existed. I believe the CCP is fully aware of this situation.
Because the US arms sales to Taiwan have existed for a long time, after purchasing new weapons from the US, the US military will of course be responsible for teaching the Taiwan military to use it. It’s just that no one in the United States, China, and Taiwan has broken this layer of window paper in the past, and they have silently maintained such a triangular balance.
But it is said that there are US soldiers stationed in Taiwan “permanently”. I have never heard anyone mention it before. This is because the CCP regards this issue as very important, as the “bottom line” for using force against Taiwan.
We have noticed the reaction of the Chinese Communist Party. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China Zhao Lijian said today (8th) that the United States should stop arms sales to Taiwan and military ties between the United States and Taiwan, and China will take all necessary measures to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Zhao Li insisted that the political basis of US-China relations is the “one-China principle,” and the prerequisite for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China is “severance of diplomatic relations, annulment of treaties, and withdrawal of troops.” The United States should clearly recognize the high sensitivity of Taiwan-related issues and the harmfulness of related issues, so as not to seriously damage Sino-US relations and the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait.
“Panman” Hu Xijin also said on Weibo and Twitter, “Why are there only 24 people? Why are they sneaking?” He also claimed that the U.S. military should send 240 people to Taiwan, generously wear U.S. military uniforms and announce their garrison. “Look at the PLA. Air strikes will be launched to eliminate those US invaders at designated locations.”
Although the statement about these two war wolves need not be taken too seriously, because the CCP has made various tough statements about the interaction between the United States and Taiwan many times, but the CCP only stays at verbal threats and has no actual actions.
For example, the United States has sold arms to Taiwan since 1979 when the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan until now. The United States has sold arms to Taiwan 105 times. There were as many as 11 times in the Trump era, and Biden has already had a large-scale arms sales operation since he took office. The CCP always chanted “necessary measures”, but then it stopped.
A netizen ridiculed, “Tell everyone a joke: Hu Xijin.”
Another netizen left a message, “Remember you said that if the US military enters Taiwan, you will invade within a few days? They entered twice last year, and there is still this good news now. Hu, may I ask where the invasion is now? You won’t Lie to us?”
In other words, don’t care too much about what these two people say, they are a joke in themselves. But it can’t be taken lightly, because the current situation is too weird.
Who is deliberately releasing materials?
Obviously, as these news continue to be released, the triangular balance between the United States, China and Taiwan may respond to some reactions, or even change. Li Zhengxiu expressed such a concern that putting the military interaction between the U.S. and Taiwan on the stage might make the CCP seize this point and question the U.S. (News highlights)
In other words, if they do it silently, the triangle balance between the United States, China and Taiwan will always be maintained. But now the situation has changed, and the window paper has been punctured. In this case, the irritated CCP may react fiercely.
Obviously someone is deliberately “discharging materials,” deliberately trying to break this situation and cause trouble for the US, China and Taiwan. Who is doing this? Based on a comprehensive analysis, both the United States and China have the potential to release materials.
The anti-Xi forces counterattack Zeng Qinghong to challenge?
Let me talk about the possibility of the CCP’s release of materials. As you all know, there has been a lot of negative news about Zeng Qinghong’s family recently. For example, Zhao Wei, an entertainer who was listed as having “political issues”, had a photo with Zeng Qinghong’s younger brother Zeng Qinghuai being thrown out. Another example is Jackie Chan, an entertainer called Zeng Qinghong’s “top and face trump card” by the Hong Kong media. His son Fang Zuming was also included in the list of problematic artists by the Beijing authorities and blocked by the entire network.
In particular, Zeng Qinghong’s niece Zeng Baobao recently sold Fantasia’s most valuable core assets in order to protect herself. This news further reflects Zeng Qinghong’s danger.
Yesterday (7th) Zeng Baobao posted an intriguing post on Weibo, in which one sentence seemed to be a secret criticism of Xi Jinping’s “butt determines the head”. I have already analyzed it in the program, and I cannot rule out that Zeng Qinghong has been defeated in an infighting with Xi Jinping. Zeng Baobao can’t stand his nerves and comes out to use allusions to curse Xi Jinping.
We know that the CCP’s political struggle is life and death, and no one will admit defeat until the last minute. Although Zeng Qinghong may be in danger, he may be dying before the last moment.
From this perspective, Zeng Qinghong may use the forces that he had planted in the United States earlier to create trouble for Xi Jinping at this time and force Xi Jinping to act on Taiwan.
We analyzed earlier that if the CCP attacked Taiwan, it would be the end of the CCP. Because the CCP’s attack on Taiwan is not only for Taiwan’s defense, but also countries such as the United States, Japan, and Australia are very likely to defend Taiwan.
In other words, the CCP will not be able to find any cheap, and it may even cause trouble to the CCP itself and Xi Jinping himself. In this way, the anti-Xi forces have an excuse and may take advantage of the situation to launch a more violent challenge to Xi Jinping and even oust him.
The U.S. still use colors?U.S.-China wrestling upgrade
Let’s talk about the possibility of the US releasing materials. Everyone should also know that the high-level US and China have just held a meeting in Switzerland. After 6 hours of closed-door talks, National Security Advisor Sullivan and the Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi initially reached the basic intention of the Xi Xi meeting.
However, the meeting between the two people was conducted by video, which probably means that the high-level talks between the United States and China are not pleasant. Although the intention to visit Xi’s video meeting was reached, the actual differences between the United States and China are very large.
“Crossroads of the World” host Tang Hao believes that the United States hopes to facilitate a face-to-face meeting between Biden and Xi Jinping. Because in face-to-face talks, many things are easy to negotiate. But Xi Jinping’s failure to come out and not give the United States a face, this should disappoint the U.S. a little bit.
Tang Hao believes that under such circumstances, the United States may deliberately release this kind of news in order to test the CCP’s response and see how the CCP’s water temperature is.
Another possibility is that the US responded to the large-scale harassment of Taiwan by Chinese military aircraft a few days ago. As you all know, starting last weekend, the CCP has sent out 150 sorties of fighter jets and bombers for several days to harass Taiwan’s southwestern air defense identification zone, causing unprecedented tension across the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan’s Defense Minister Qiu Guozheng said that he has never encountered such a tense situation in the military for 40 years. The front lines used to be tense, but now the entire Taiwan island is very tense.
After the Chinese military planes harassed Taiwan, the White House and the State Department successively condemned the Chinese Communist Party. Even Biden came out and said that Xi Jinping “should not do anything except abide by the agreement.”
Everyone knows that there is a “U.S.-Taiwan Relations Act” between the United States and Taiwan, and the United States also has a “six guarantees” that clearly show that the United States will use force to help prevent Taiwan when Taiwan is attacked by force.
Under such circumstances, the United States is likely to deliberately release the violent news that US soldiers are “permanently stationed in Taiwan” as a response to the CCP’s harassment of Taiwan. In other words, the struggle between the United States and China over the Taiwan issue has escalated, and the United States is still swaying the CCP.
We have to watch as we walk and continue to observe the movements between the United States, China and Taiwan. Next, I will talk about a piece of news that makes the CCP quite unhappy.
Highlights of the Double Ten Cocktail Party attended by the Czech Ambassador to the U.S.
Some people in mainland China may not know that October 10 is the National Day of the Republic of China, and now the whole of Taiwan is busy preparing for the “Double Ten” celebration. On the evening of the 6th, Taiwan’s representative office in the United States held a double 10th National Day reception, and many important guests were invited to participate. There are at least two highlights.
This cocktail party may be the biggest diplomatic event held in Washington since the CCP virus pandemic. Nearly 500 guests wore masks on the outdoor lawn of Double Oak Park, witnessing the successive singing of the National Anthem of China and the United States in this national monument listed by the United States Department of the Interior.
Free Asia pointed out that this is not an easy task. It reflects the ups and downs and hardships that Taiwan has come along after the breakup of diplomatic relations between the United States and Taiwan. Everyone knows where the pressure comes from.
Because of the epidemic, last year’s Double Ten Party was not held, and Taiwan did not hold the Double Ten National Day cocktail party in the Double Oak Park from the beginning. Before 2011, the double ten cocktail party held in Taiwan could only rent hotels. After the US government nodded, Taiwan was able to host the Double 10th National Day cocktail party at Double Oak Park, and it became more and more famous and influential.
Wearing a blue velvet one-piece dress, Xiao Meiqin, the representative in the United States who hosted such a large-scale reception for the first time, made people shine. Not only her outfit, but also her speech. On behalf of the people of Taiwan and the government of Taiwan, she first expressed her gratitude to every guest who celebrated the 110th birthday of the Republic of China.
Xiao Meiqin said in her speech, “Tonight’s celebration ceremony did not distract us. We are’clearly and painfully’ aware that Taiwan is facing a powerful threat from China (the CCP). But the people of Taiwan are determined to defend Taiwan’s security and our democracy and freedom.”
Xiao Meiqin also reminded the Beijing authorities that how they treat Taiwan is also related to the interests of the Chinese people. “Regional security is critical to the security and prosperity of all people in the region, including the Chinese people, and we hope that all stakeholders will share the responsibility and responsibility.”
Mo Jianzai, chairman of the American Association in Taiwan, said in his speech, “The United States firmly believes that peace in the Indo-Pacific region is the benefit of everyone. In order to maintain peace, the United States is willing to criticize bad behavior and be with the people of Taiwan.”
In addition to the highlight of Xiao Meiqin, there is also a brighter one. Komonichick, the ambassador to the United States of the Czech Republic, a diplomatic country of the Chinese Communist Party, also attended the Taiwan Double Ten Cocktail Party.
No one doubts that the Double Ten Cocktail Party is a very sensitive time, and Double Oaks is also a very sensitive public occasion. However, at this sensitive moment and occasion, the Czech Republic sent its ambassador to the United States to attend the Taiwan Double Ten cocktail party in person. This is very meaningful.
This not only shows that this European country is not afraid of the CCP, but also shows that the entire international trend is undergoing profound changes, and Taiwan is winning more international support and assistance.
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