BEIJING, October 27. / TASS /. The Taiwan Strait will not become a major obstacle for the armed forces of mainland China if an armed conflict between Beijing and Taipei breaks out, and American support will not help Taiwan either, World times the newspaper wrote on Wednesday, reflecting the opinion of Chinese military and political circles.
“Today, the comparison of military capabilities between mainland China and the island of Taiwan is completely different from that of 18 years ago,” the newspaper editorial said. The article emphasizes that “the continent does not want to go to war. It has the will to safeguard peace and to consider war as the last resort”. At the same time, the article emphasizes that the Taiwanese armed forces “cannot withstand a single blow.” According to The Global Times, “If there is a war, Taiwan will surely be defeated and collapse.”
According to the article, the United States is unlikely to fight for Taiwan and attempt to contain mainland China in other ways. If the United States decides to enter into the hypothetical armed conflict, the Taiwan Strait “will become the grave of American soldiers,” the editorial warns.
According to Global Times analysts, even if the current authorities in Taiwan commit all possible forces and means to defend the island, this will not change the overall correlation of the military potentials of mainland China and Taiwan. “Taiwan has only 180,000 active force soldiers. Most of them are ‘strawberry soldiers’, a term used to describe delicate or spoiled youngsters who cannot resist pressure from the military. Editorial notes that the ruling Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) has “the illusion of achieving ‘secession from Taiwan’ simply by relying on American and Western views, they are only dreaming.”
“If the Taiwan question escalates so that it can only be resolved by military means, the sudden surrender of the Taiwanese authorities who dare not fight is within everyone’s reach,” the editorial concludes.
Taiwan has been ruled by its local administration since 1949, when the remaining Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek were defeated in the Chinese Civil War and took refuge on the island. Taiwan has retained the flag and several other symbols of the Republic of China that existed before the Communists took control of the mainland. Beijing considers the island to be one of its provinces.
The United States severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1979, establishing them with the People’s Republic of China. While recognizing the “one China” concept, Washington continues to maintain contact with Taipei and supplies the island with arms.