There is an open question tonight with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un en route via his military train to meet Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok and the title of this article says it all. A prescient OSINT observer noted this today on Twitter/X:
This is the first time that I can remember since the start of the Special Military Operation in Ukraine that I have ever seen such a movement of those particular aircraft. It could be directly related to the meeting tomorrow however:
However, it is something more insidious, there is evidence that bigger things might be afoot in Fuzhou, China.
⚡️⚡️Reports indicate a massive movement of military equipment from NOAK towards the city of Fuzhou, one of China's closest ports to Taiwan.— Nothing to see (@Wagnersfamily) September 8, 2023
Has it begun, guys? 😉 pic.twitter.com/8sZskEbHF0
And more verification of the Tweet above from a very reliable source:
Breaking: Today, the #CCP mobilized civilian transportation resources to move #amphibious #tanks via the highway from #Xiamen City to #Fuzhou City.— Inconvenient Truths by Jennifer Zeng 曾錚真言 (@jenniferzeng97) September 6, 2023
Both cities are in close proximity to #Taiwan. pic.twitter.com/Dzk1Q6EC12
This includes practicing and moving some key naval assets in the area also.
CHINA – Preparation of the PLA for the landing operation in the Taiwan direction— Jack Straw (@JackStr42679640) September 9, 2023
Over the past three days, China has massed a large number of tanks and armored vehicles in Fuzhou province near the Taiwan Strait.
Footage shows the training of the 14th Amphibious Brigade of the… pic.twitter.com/Qek5ze80pM
And this propaganda video from a few weeks still sticks in my mind:
#China’s army filmed apparently preparing for conflict in #Taiwan strait – The Guardian— Indo-Pacific News – Geo-Politics & Defense News (@IndoPac_Info) August 18, 2023
Propaganda video shows troops running past anti-landing barricades similar to those that dot Taiwan’s coastpic.twitter.com/xbrnbHjTEx
IF, and that’s a big IF something is afoot, Russia could provide 24/7 patrol and EW capabilities over the East China Sea, Japan, and the Korean sector (see box on the map below) while China’s military focused on the South China Sea and an invasion of Taiwan.
Stay tuned as the next few weeks could get extremely interesting.