China is reportedly preparing a large military fleet to invade Taiwan – experts predict the invasion could end within an hour | The Gateway expert

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China has reportedly made significant preparations for a full-scale invasion of Taiwan The Telegraph.

This preparation includes not only military ships, but also an unusual integration of civilian ferries, indicating a large-scale invasion strategy.

China conducted a two-day large-scale exercise with 111 aircraft and 46 naval vessels around Taiwan, signaling a sharp escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait, according to reports VOA news.

It further pledged to intensify its measures until “full reunification” was achieved.

According to Taiwan's National Defense Ministry, this was one of the most provocative maneuvers in recent years, with 82 Chinese military aircraft crossing the center line of the Taiwan Strait, dangerously close to Taiwan's defined territorial borders.

The drills, described by Chinese state media as a “punishment” for Taiwan's newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te, come amid growing concerns about Beijing's increased military posture.

Channel News Asia reported:

China, which claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory, carried out the military exercises on Thursday and Friday, call them “punishment” after Lai's inauguration speech on Monday, in which Beijing cited a new push for the island's formal independence.

China has repeatedly labeled Lai a “separatist.” Lai rejects Beijing's claims of sovereignty and says only the Taiwanese people can decide its future. He was repeatedly offered lectures but was rejected.

At a meeting of his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the southern city of Tainan, Lai called on China to “share the heavy responsibility for regional stability with Taiwan,” according to his party's comments.

Just days after China completed major military exercises around Taiwan, a US Congressional delegation led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) arrived on the island.

“We are moving forward with these weapons systems,” Rep. Michael McCaul said at a news conference in Taipei. “I would like to see them sooner, but they are coming.”

“President Lai and I have always had a very sobering yet very direct conversation about the threat this island faces from its neighbor to the north,” McCaul added.

Earlier this week, Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry, issued a sharp warning to the United States, urging it to “seriously adhere to the one-China principle” and facilitate visits of congressmen to avoid Taiwan. Wang explicitly stated that ignoring such guidelines would lead to “consequences.” according to to Sky News.

Now The Telegraph reports that China is reportedly preparing an “armada” of ferries and civilian ships for a possible invasion of Taiwan.

Telegraph reported:

China is preparing an armada of ferries and civilian ships to invade Taiwan as Beijing steps up its pressure campaign against the island.

While the People's Liberation Army (PLA) misses the number of amphibious landings vessels needed to stage the kind of invasion we saw during the D-Day landings could bridge the gap with civilian ships, including dozens of giant roll-on-roll-off ferries that could each carry hundreds of armored vehicles.

“Amphibious landings under fire are part of this the most difficult military maneuvers,says Ray Powell, director of SeaLight, a Stanford University project focused on gray zone activities in the South China Sea.

Civilian ferries “would normally be a poor choice for such a mission,” but could be used to transport troops en masse across the Taiwan Strait after coastal defenses have been destroyed, or to attack the island's military “by sheer mass.” overwhelm, he said.

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On May 26, 2024, the U.S. Navy's formidable 100,000-ton aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, assigned to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, made a key transit through the South China Sea for “routine operations” as Chinese military activities in the South China Sea. area started to subside.

“The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the South China Sea, May 26, 2024. Theodore Roosevelt, flagship of Carrier Strike Group Nine, conducts routine operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of ​​operations. The US 7th Fleet is the US Navy's largest numbered fleet and routinely works with allies and partners to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the official said. rack.

NBC News' Ken Dilanian spoke with a geopolitical expert who suggested a real invasion could end before the US has a chance to respond.

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