Xi’s position was that the reunification with Taiwan should be peaceful, and should happen maybe sometime in the 2040s.
Because the US wanted to start problems with China, they started claiming without evidence that China was planning an imminent invasion of Taiwan, and then started making threats of war. Joe Biden came out and said that Taiwan is now an independent country.
It’s a very strange strategy, which is only possible because Americans are so fat and stupid that they are incapable of simply looking things up: you lie about the intent of a foreign country to escalate, then you use that lie about an intent to escalate as an excuse to escalate.
When U.S. and Australian troops practiced amphibious landings, ground combat and air operations last summer, they drew headlines about the allies deepening defense cooperation to counter China’s growing military ambitions.
China doesn’t have any military ambitions.
You can go read their materials. They say that the only reason they even bother having a substantial military is to defend against US aggression.
But for U.S. war planners preparing for a potential conflict over Taiwan, the high-profile Talisman Sabre exercises had a far more discreet value: They helped create new stockpiles of military equipment that were left behind in Australia after the drills ended in August, U.S. officials told Reuters.
The United States and its allies are increasingly worried that in the coming years Chinese President Xi Jinping could order his military to seize Taiwan, the democratically-governed island China considers its own territory. So, the U.S. military is taking a hard look at its own military readiness and trying to play catch-up in a critical area: its logistics network.
Can you imagine?
The US has effectively lost a war with Russia, they are funding a war against Palestine, they just started a war with Yemen, they are currently threatening to start a war with Iran, and in the middle of this, they come out and say “actually, we’re planning a war against the Chinese also.”
Note: it wasn’t too long ago they were also trying to start a war in West Africa.
You can go through and explain why none of these wars is justified, but you don’t really need to when you just take a step back and look at all of these wars the US is involved in and planning to start. No reasonable country goes around starting wars all over the world like this.
The US is a mad dog.
The equipment from Talisman Sabre included roughly 330 vehicles and trailers and 130 containers in warehouses in Bandiana, in southeastern Australia, the Army says.
The amount of equipment, which has not been previously reported, is enough to supply about three logistics companies, with as many as 500 or more soldiers, focused on ensuring supplies reach warfighters.
It’s the kind of materiel that’s needed for a future drill, a natural disaster, or in a war.
“We’re looking to do this more and more,” Army General Charles Flynn, the top Army commander in the Pacific, told Reuters in an interview.
“There’s a number of other countries in the region where we already have agreements to do that,” he added, without naming specific countries.
Reuters interviews with more than two dozen current and former U.S. officials found that American military logistics in the Pacific is one of the greatest U.S. vulnerabilities in any potential conflict over Taiwan.
U.S. war games have concluded that China would likely try to bomb jet fuel supplies or refueling ships, crippling U.S. air and sea power without having to battle heavily armed fighter jets or sink America’s fleet of surface warships, according to current and former officials and experts.
In response, the United States is trying to spread its military logistics hubs across the region – including warehouses in Australia, officials told Reuters.
Asked about Reuters’ conclusions, the Pentagon said that the Department of Defense is working with allies to make U.S. forces more mobile and distributed.
But critics say Washington’s network is still too concentrated and that the government hasn’t put enough money or urgency toward the effort.
“When you really dig down a couple of layers, the intel community is blinking red as far as for the next five years. And yet some of these timelines (to address the risks) are 10, 15, 20 years long,” said Congressman Mike Waltz, a Republican who leads the House subcommittee overseeing military logistics and readiness.
“There’s a mismatch there.”
The U.S. military’s logistics arm, U.S. Transportation Command (TransCom), has had a major success: funneling more than 660 million pounds of equipment and over 2 million rounds of artillery to the Ukrainian military in its war with Russia.
Supporting Taiwan, roughly 100 miles from the coast of China, would be orders of magnitude harder, U.S. officials and experts acknowledge.
There is no possible way that the US could prevent China from blockading Taiwan.
One reason China doesn’t want to do it, even in the face of these lunatic threats from America, is that it would create massive economic disruptions.
China is hoping that America is simply going to fizzle out with its various other wars before it gets around to starting an Asian war. It’s probably a pretty good bet.
“Security is not regional, security is global. Today it’s Ukraine, tomorrow it can be Taiwan. So, it is in our interest to ensure that we provide the weapons and support they need,” – Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General pic.twitter.com/GfswZYOl7h
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) January 30, 2024