As fears of a third World War grow, there are alarming signs that China is preparing to invade Taiwan.
Worrying videos purporting to show the Chinese army deploying weapons in preparation for an attack on nearby Taiwan have sparked fears of a third World War in China.
Fears of a third World War have grown as videos surfaced purporting to show the Chinese army deploying weapons in preparation for an attack on Taiwan.
These videos were widely shared in China on Weibo, a state-controlled app that is used as an alternative to Twitter in China, according to Eileen Chang, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist.
In the video, the Chinese army uses large trucks to transport tanks through a city.
According to news.com.au, videos of armoured vehicles moving through city streets prompted hundreds of millions of social media posts speculating that a war with Taiwan was imminent.
To commemorate the country’s Communist Party’s 100th anniversary this year, China has been open about its desire to bring Taiwan under its control.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued instructions stating that “families are to store a certain amount of daily necessities as needed to meet daily life and emergencies,” adding fuel to the fire.
The announcement was vague, mentioning “disruptions” during the winter.
Local governments were also told to prepare for the release of fruit and vegetable reserves “at the appropriate time.”
While some of these fears are unfounded, the threat of war is very real.
The recent increase in Chinese military activity in Taiwan has sparked international concern.
The region’s history is tangled up.
Taiwan was regarded by the Chinese government as a breakaway province that would eventually be reintegrated into the country by any means necessary.
Taiwan was once a part of China, from 1683 to 1895, when it was ceded to Japan following the First Sino-Japanese War, only to be reclaimed after World War Two.
However, a civil war erupted in China a few years later, leading to Chiang Kai-shek’s troops fleeing to Taiwan after being defeated by Mao Zedong’s Communist armies in 1949.
Taiwan was effectively a dictatorship for the next 50 years, but a growing pro-democracy movement eventually led to it becoming a democratic state.
Despite their lack of formal ties, the United States has pledged to provide Taiwan with defensive weapons and has stated that any attack by China on the island would cause “grave concern.”
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced publicly for the first time last week that.
The news is summarized on Brinkwire.