The upcoming potential visit of Speaker of the House Vodka Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan might well be the final marker for the United States in its trans-Pacific relationship with Communist China first expanded by the globalists under Bill Clinton. The Global Times, an organ of the CCP, has been venting with quite a fury in the past 48 hours, with stories like these:
Don’t say we didn’t warn you – Symposium of China’s top think tank sends classic, pre-war warning to provocative Pelosi
Sending fighter jets to intercept Pelosi’s plane, declaring air and maritime zones around the island of Taiwan as restriction zones for military exercises … China’s responses will be systematical and not limited to small scale given the severity of Pelosi’s move and the damage to the political trust of China-US relations, Yang Mingjie, head of the Institute of Taiwan Studies in Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.
During the forum, many analysts noted that the military response from the Chinese mainland will be larger in scale and upgraded from the ones during the 1995-96 crisis of the Taiwan Straits.
Yet the tone deaf American warhawk wings of the two major US political parties think this is just a game this time with little risk of consequences as their American think tanks downplay the danger.
Another editorial spells it out clearly:
China’s response has been clear, as always. “Those who play with fire will perish by it.” This was said to Pelosi and the Taiwan secessionist forces that support her. A White House official called it a metaphor that China regularly tends to use. He completely misread and misjudged the essence and weight of this sentence. Any act of stepping on the red line will surely hit the iron wall of China’s counterattack. China’s repeated public warnings are by no means jokes. Washington should turn to history to see that China has always kept its word.
Thus when videos suddenly appear on Twitter and social media from Chinese territory showing the live fire military exercises and military equipment moving into the Fujian province opposite of Taiwan, it should be taken deadly seriously. As those postings do not just suddenly “appear” unless the CCP wants them to be seen.
Chinese MLRS systems on the move in the first video:
Meanwhile, internationally the new Axis powers show their unity while the American public remains oblivious:
And the drills are extensive as the state media posts to the domestic Chinese audience:
With some great live fire video Saturday night to back up their words on this snap drill:
In response, Taiwan is taking this seriously:
Meanwhile #Taiwan has just deployed air defense systems to Taoyuan International Airport, a civilian facility
From this Tweet:
🚨 #ALERT 🇨🇳 | #China continues to relentlessly fire a barrage of live shells in the Taiwan Strait – while telling its citizenry this is “just a military exercise”.— Terror Alarm (@terror_alarm) July 30, 2022
🇹🇼 | Meanwhile #Taiwan has just deployed air defense systems to Taoyuan International Airport, a civilian facility pic.twitter.com/AmIDhuNCOz
To provide some perspective, here is the current defensive alignment on Taiwan (via AFP):
What we are witnessing thus far is just a small sliver of what could actually be moving into position as the people of China can only post to the outside world what the CCP in Beijing wants us to see.
Stay tuned as further updates will be forthcoming.
UPDATE 23:40 UTC:
Speaking of further updates, found this gem while surfing through the China military related posts on social media:
Don’t want to sound alarmist, but IMO it’s notable that at this time of US-China tension, 3 of China’s largest/newest roll-on/roll-off civilian ferries appear to be off their normal routes and are in or have moved south toward the Taiwan Strait. All 3 are associated with the PLA.— Thomas Shugart (@tshugart3) July 30, 2022
@MarineTraffic AIS data shows that this ferry left the Bohai Gulf after a port visit to Tianjin (near where it loaded tanks in 2021) and is now transiting southbound toward the northern approaches to the Taiwan Strait. Its destination is Shantou, across the Strait from S Taiwan. pic.twitter.com/ugaFQUkCcp— Thomas Shugart (@tshugart3) July 30, 2022
Drip, drip, drip, the clues are coming in. Just like the prewar period before the Ukraine invasion.
More from Thomas Shugart’s excellent feed:
ZHONG HUA FU XING appears to normally operate on a route between Dalian and Yantai (across the Yellow Sea), so this is a significant departure from its normal operating pattern. pic.twitter.com/ScnbPcanIz— Thomas Shugart (@tshugart3) July 30, 2022
The 3rd ferry of interest is BO HAI ZUAN ZHU, also operated by Bohai Ferry and built in 2015. It appears to have loaded in Tianjin & is now in the Strait, headed for Guangou—near Shantou on the southern end of the Strait. It also normally operates between Dalian and Yantai. pic.twitter.com/KU1eqihRN0— Thomas Shugart (@tshugart3) July 30, 2022
And more interesting video:
⚡️ Chinese vehicles are moving to Fujian province.— Flash (@Flash43191300) July 29, 2022
The equipment that is transferred has the ability to move on water. Video from local media. pic.twitter.com/sFGopxFHwI
Stay tuned, this is getting spicy.
And another interesting video that Chinese state media promoted recently. I wonder why the emphasis on displaying the vast usage of the Chinese Ro-Ro fleet (sarcasm folks):
🔻 Chinese military movements: PLA tanks disembarking from Bohai Baozhu (渤海宝珠) RO-RO / passenger ship and then boarding a train for further transportation (unknown location / date) pic.twitter.com/9Pv0zVuSFP— Byron Wan (@Byron_Wan) July 30, 2022