Global Times, the mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, sent out another hostile warning to the U.S. this week. This time it reacted to the news about U.S. secret military training in Taiwan.
“See whether the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] will launch a targeted air strike to eliminate those U.S. invaders!” Chief editor Hu Xijin took his rage to Twitter on Thursday, Oct. 7.
The Wall Street Journal on Thursday released a report that unveiled the U.S. was sending military personnel to Taiwan to secretly aid training for nearly a year as Beijing proceeded with its aggression with the island.
The report claimed that nearly two dozen members of U.S. special operations and support troops had been deployed in Taiwan to help its forces with military training.
This Monday marked the worst provocative activities from Beijing towards the island, with 148 military aircraft appearing in Taiwan’s air defense zone.
Following Beijing’s accelerated behavior, Global Times constantly used harsh language to ward off international reactions, including the U.S., this week.
“Do not continue to play with fire,” Global Times declared in an article on Monday, which also conveyed threats of war.
“… it has increasingly become the new mainstream public opinion on the Chinese mainland that the mainland should make earnest preparations based on the possibility of combat,” the newspaper added.
Upon acknowledgment of this news, China’s Foreign Ministry responded with a softer tone.
“China will take all necessary steps to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” it said, according to WSJ, urging the U.S. to stop aiding Taiwan.
Taiwan seceded from the mainland when communists gained control in 1949. Despite the island’s declaration of independence from China, Beijing sees it as a renegade province.
The U.S. has remained in a longstanding Taiwan agreement that it would accept the “One China” policy, which recognizes Beijing as the sole legal ruler of China and has no stance in Taiwan claiming their sovereignty.
However, the agreement allows the U.S. to keep helping Taiwan defend itself to preserve peace and stability in the Western Pacific area.
U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday made an obscure statement that he and China’s President Xi have both agreed to the “Taiwan agreement.”
“I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree … we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement,” Biden said. His remarks had not clarified his administration’s stance with the tensions.
While debates around Biden’s statements continued, the Central Intelligence Agency announced this week that it had been instructed to look at espionage threats from Beijing, among terrorist problems with Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
The move is expected to further up the ante on Beijing.