Defense Minister said China could invade Taiwan in 2025, but…

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China's People's Liberation Army (PLA).  Photo: CGTN

In recent times, relations between China and Taiwan have been heating up. In fact, this military tension is called by Taiwan’s Defense Minister as the worst point in more than 40 years. In fact, Chiu said China could attack and invade Taiwan in the near future.

Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told members of the Taiwan Parliament that currently Taipei’s military tension with Beijing is at its most serious in more than 40 years since he joined the military. Chiu also added that there is a risk of being misdirected from tensions between the two regions.

“For me as a military man, the urgency is right in front of me,” Chiu told Parliament.

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Photo: CGTN

Chiu also said that China already has the capability to attack Taiwan and could carry out a full-scale invasion by 2025.

Even so, Chiu explained, that China could not easily invade Taiwan, because there were many things that had to be considered from various sides.

“By 2025, China will bring costs and friction to their lowest point. They have the capacity now, but won’t start a war easily, because they have to consider many other things,” Chiu said.

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As is known, relations between Taiwan and China have recently been heating up, starting from the National Day celebrating the anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent 38 of their fighter jets to the skies of Taiwan. Then the following day it was reported that the PLA had sent 20 and 39 of their fighter jets back to Taiwan’s ADIZ.

Seeing this, America intervened by saying it was concerned about China’s actions, saying that the move to deploy the jets was provocative. Hearing the US statement, China did not remain silent and instead sent 52 of their fighter jets into the skies of Taiwan on Monday (4/10). In total, China has deployed nearly 150 of their fighter jets to Taiwan’s skies in the first four days of October.

Chinese electronic jet.  Photo: Taiwan News
Chinese electronic jet. Photo: Taiwan News

Mainland China itself considers there is only one China, and Taiwan is an inseparable part of them. In the eyes of China, Taiwan is a province. While Taiwan considers that they are already independent, even though they receive official recognition from only a few countries in the world.

Taiwan or the Republic of China (ROC) has maintained an ‘ambiguous’ position for a long time. They have their own government, president, military, currency, passport, like an independent country in general, but their position in the world is not like that of a fully sovereign country.

Taiwan also prefers to maintain the status quo, which means operating separately from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), rather than completely separate from the PRC which could trigger attacks and even fighting.

Beijing has promised to unite Taiwan with mainland China by 2049, a century after the Kuomintang formed an alternative government in Taiwan after decades of civil war.

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