Taipei: Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Wednesday that China would be able to launch a full-scale invasion of the democratic island by 2025.
In a four-day period from last Friday, Taiwan reported that around 150 Chinese Air Force aircraft entered its air defense zone, part of a pattern of “continued harassment of the Chinese-claimed island” of Taipei Beijing.
Chiu Kuo-cheng further said that military tensions with China are at their worst in more than 40 years.
Tensions have reached a new high between Taipei and Beijing, which claims the democratic island as its territory, and Chinese military aircraft repeatedly pass through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone.
Asked by a lawmaker in parliament on the current military tensions with China, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said the situation was “the most dire” in more than 40 years since joining the military, adding that “misfires” “There was danger. “Across the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
“As a military man, the urgency lies before me,” he told a parliamentary committee reviewing special military spending for domestic weapons, including missiles and warships.
China says Taiwan should be taken by force if necessary. Taiwan says it is an independent country and will defend its freedom and democracy, blaming China for tensions.
Chiu said China already has the capability to invade Taiwan and will be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion by 2025.
“By 2025, China will bring costs and migration to its lowest level. It has the potential now, but it will not easily start a war, taking into account many other things.”
Taiwan’s main military supplier, the United States, has reaffirmed its “rock-solid” commitment to Taiwan and has also criticized China. Beijing blamed Washington’s policies of sending warships through the Taiwan Strait to support arms sales to Taiwan and heighten tensions.
Taiwan’s special military spending over the next five years will go mostly toward naval weapons, including anti-ship weapons such as land-based missile systems. Taiwan reported that a Chinese Air Force plane entered its air defense area on Tuesday.