What is China willing to do to annex Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory? Will the Communist Party start a war to bring about ‘reunification‘? Or will it resort to other means, whether political or economic, to achieve its goal?
According to a new book by Ian Easton, research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, China has drawn up a secret plan to attack Taiwan by 2020. Easton’s research was based on a 2013 white paper released by Taiwan’s government as well as on disclosed documents by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), China’s armed forces.
As The Liberty Times reported, in a recent interview with Taiwan’s SET News Channel, Easton claimed that China is not ready to invade the island yet because the Communist leadership still worries about the outcome of a military intervention.
While it prepares for a future war, the PLA has devised other plans for weakening and harming Taiwan. According to Easton, China’s strategy includes bribing leading Taiwanese politicians and even assassinating Taiwan’s president.
The Taiwanese government has already taken precautions to prevent assassination attempts.
According to The Liberty Times, the president’s official automobile is an Audi A8 L Security, an armoured limousine that boasts a wide range of defensive and offensive equipment.
The car has bulletproof glass, run-flat tires, an aluminum and aramid structure that can withstand explosions and fires, a hermetically sealed interior that protects its occupants from chemical attacks and oxygen supplies sufficient for one hour. The vehicle is also fitted with machine guns.
The president’s security personnel are trained to react if an assassination attempt should occur. In case of attack, three security guards will fire machine guns at the assailants, while four guards form a ‘wall’ around the president using special bulletproof briefcases as shields.
Since Chinese President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, Beijing has intensified its pro-unification rhetoric, urging Taiwan to promote closer cross-strait ties on the basis of the ‘1992 consensus‘. Taiwanese President Ts’ai Ying-wen’s refusal to accept the ‘one-China principle’ has angered the Communist authorities, prompting them to isolate Taiwan internationally and threaten to use force to prevent Taiwanese ‘separatism’.
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