After the State Department announced the sale of four MQ-9A Reaper drones to Taiwan, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced possible retaliation.
The ‘hunter-killer’ drones, with the capacity for long endurance, high-altitude flights, are part of the negotiations that the two countries have historically held, permitted by the CCP, Fox News reported on Nov. 5.
“This is the tenth arms sales to Taiwan under President Trump and the third time in two weeks that the U.S. government has supplied our country with major defensive weapons that will enable Taiwan to be more capable and confident in defending peace in the Taiwan Strait,” said the Taipei Foreign Ministry according to The Washington Times.
The United States and Taiwan have held negotiations worth several billion dollars, including anti-harpoon missiles and mobile light rocket launchers. The four drones cost $600 million.
The CCP’s discontent seems to be motivated by the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Big Tech that depend on it like Huawei and other suppliers of electronic parts to the CCP military.
In addition, the United States also sanctioned companies linked to the exploitation of members of the Uighur ethnic minority, who are subjected to forced labor in China.
It also defends groups subjected to human rights violations, such as Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) practitioners, and other religious and spiritual traditions.
The role of these drones includes more constant surveillance, and the ability to rectify the trajectory of missiles that Taiwan eventually launches against enemy objects that try to attack the island.
“The MQ-9s are needed to help make sure the missiles find and reach their targets, be they People’s Liberation Army invasion ships or gathering invasion forces across the Taiwan Strait in Fujian Province,” said Rick Fisher, a China expert at the International Center for Assessment and Strategy, quoted The Washington Times.
The CCP has become a global threat to the sovereignty of nations, and the United States has taken the lead in countering it.
“The Chinese Communist Party challenges our free and open societies,” David Stilwell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said Oct. 30.
“The prosperity, liberty, and security of the American people and our friends around the world are at risk, and it hinges on how we meet this challenge,” he added.
The CCP believes that Taiwan, with an independent democratic government, belongs to it and has increased threats to its territory.
Last month it flew over the Taiwan Strait for 25 days.
Likewise, the CCP’s ambitions would lead it to want to extend its totalitarian system over the entire world, Stilwell warned.
“Instead of a rules-based international order, peaceful resolution of disputes, respect for sovereignty and of law-abiding nations, a CCP-oriented world would require obedience to an unelected clique in Beijing, technological advances in surveillance and control, [and] risk casting the entire world into an age of tyranny,” Stilwell added.