Taiwan is in “uncharted waters,” according to a “sobering, but true” China capabilities report.
TAIWAN is said to be in “uncharted seas” after the Ministry of Defense released a study on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) capabilities amid ongoing war tensions between the two countries.
China’s ability to paralyze Taiwan’s anti-air systems and launch countermeasures with “soft and strong electronic strikes” was detailed in the document. It also mentioned the potential of the People’s Liberation Army deploying its third aircraft carrier by 2025, significantly increasing Beijing’s navy’s capability.
The Taipei Times recommended in an Editorial that this year’s defense report should be taken significantly more seriously than prior years’ reports.
“This year’s report struck a noticeably more alarming tone than previous years, including the stark warning that the PLA has the ability to paralyze Taiwan’s anti-air and anti-surface systems, as well as neutralize its ability to launch countermeasures, through ‘soft and hard electronic attacks,’” according to the Op-Ed.
“As in past years, this year’s assessment stated that the PLA lacks the transport assets and logistical competence to launch an amphibious assault against Taiwan, but underlined that China is working to address these shortcomings.
“In truth, no one knows how a modern state-on-state battle might play out in the digital age, or how effectively military systems will withstand an EMP attack.
“We’re in uncharted territory.” The military is correct to be concerned about the threat.”
In an effort to gain additional backing from foreign countries, Chinese state media slammed the Taiwanese report for exaggerating the threat of “paralysis” presented by a prospective cyber attack.
The allegation by the Defense Ministry came just days after Japanese media reported that a PLA cruiser was stationed in waters between northeast Taiwan and Yonaguni Island 24 hours a day.
As it publishes a series of new maritime legislation for foreign ships, critics suspect that China is attempting to limit the movements of Taiwanese and Japanese ships in this region.
The new legislation has been referred as a “ticking time bomb” for a possible South China Sea conflict.
All foreign vessels entering Chinese seas will be required to carry permits and notify maritime authorities of their arrival, according to the Maritime Traffic Safety Law.
Before entering China’s territorial sea, foreign vessels must disclose their call signs and cargo.
“In the event that the vessel fails to report as required,” the warning reads. “Brinkwire Summary News” from the marine.