Monday, July 5, 2004

My miniscule, proud island home

Simply wonderful. - China plans Taiwan Strait war games - Jul 4, 2004

China intends to hold military exercises this month across the strait from Taiwan, state media reported, as Beijing builds up its capability to back up its frequent threats to invade the island. ...

China's military holds such drills at different points along the coast facing Taiwan every summer, practicing beach landings and attacks on shore targets by ships and warplanes. Tens of thousands of troops take part.

China has threatened repeatedly to invade Taiwan, which has been ruled separately since 1949. But the 2.5 million-member People's Liberation Army, which traditionally focused on fighting land-based conflicts, has until recently lacked the ability to carry out a war across the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait.

Beijing has spent heavily in recent years to expand the PLA's naval arm, building warships and landing craft that could support an invasion and other forces that could help blockade Taiwan.

Peace of mind is overrated anyway. Bring it on.

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