The military pressure exerted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on the South China Sea and the countries in the middle of the territorial dispute is intensifying. The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to these threats by warning the CCP not to underestimate its defense capabilities.

Through a video, Taiwan showed the wide range of military equipment it has, including fighter jets recently purchased from the United States.

As indicated by Taiwan News, in recent months the CCP has been increasing its activity around Taiwan by sending fighter jets to the air defense identification zone in the southwest of the country and warships on military exercises near the island.

The escalation of military action by the CCP in the vicinity comes just after Taiwan was visited by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the island since 1979.

In addition, last week the agreement reached with the United States for the purchase of 66 F-16 fighter planes was announced.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense reported on Aug. 20 that it was “expressing its stern attitude about recent Chinese Communist People’s Liberation Army military pressure acts.”

Regarding the CCP, the Taiwanese government said there would be no provocations on its part, but assured that it would not show weakness either. “The most arrogant country can easily provoke a war, and the most ignorant government can be caught in the flames of war,” the ministry announced.

Taiwan further responded by assuring that the CCP was only driving the strength and unification of Taiwan. “In the end it will have the opposite effect, inciting the wrath and antipathy of Taiwan’s people, seriously hurting peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

Strengthening Taiwan’s defenses

Thanks to the current defense treaty between the United States and the island, last May the Trump administration notified Congress of its intention to sell advanced torpedoes worth $180 million, in addition to an ongoing negotiation of at least four SeaGuardian surveillance drones.

According to Express Uk, the new $643.4 million agreement between the two nations came into effect last month and is intended to strengthen Taiwan’s defense capabilities.

This package includes the update for the Patriot surface-to-air missiles. Once the agreement was reached, the Taiwanese government said it would go far in showing the importance of its national defense strategy against the Chinese Communist Party.

“This arms sale is the seventh by the Trump administration to Taiwan so far, fully demonstrating the importance attached to our national defense-security, consolidating our security partnership with the U.S., and jointly maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region,” said the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry.

Last Sunday during a Fox News program, President Donald Trump indicated that the CCP is aware of what the United States could do in the face of its belligerent stance on the waters of the South China Sea; “China knows what I’m gonna do. China knows,” Trump said without wanting to offer more details to host Tom Hilton.