Taiwan’s Best Hope May Be Japan, Not Biden

by | Oct 9, 2021 |

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Not long ago, China’s President Xi Jinping said, when addressing a meeting in Paris to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with France, “According to history, realizing the Chinese dream would bring opportunities rather than threats, peace rather than turmoil to the world. It will help the world make progress in various aspects.” Xi went on to say,” Napoleon Bonaparte once said that China ‘is a sleeping lion and when China wakes up, the world will shake.’ In fact, the lion of China has awoken, but what the world sees now is a peaceful, amiable, civilized lion.”

If only it were true. In fact, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which rules the country with an iron hand, is, in reality, guilty of genocide and slave labor, stealing trade secrets from the very people who come from abroad to make the country wealthy, polluting even the air they breathe despite all international efforts to clean the planet, creating a virus in a bioweapons lab and then spreading it around the world, destroying irreplaceable ecosystems in the Pacific Ocean, and leaving a trail of environmental destruction in every country it exploits for its natural resources and ports. The CCP is ambitious, greedy, destructive, brutal, deceitful, and power-hungry at the expense of everything they touch. Their crimes are crimes against humanity, hardly peaceful or amiable or even civilized.

The Battle over Taiwan

Xi says, “Taiwan’s fate is connected with the motherland,” and by that, he means that Taiwan is part of China, although the Taiwanese certainly don’t agree. But to all appearances, the CCP is preparing to bring the island nation into China by force. It has been carrying out massive sorties of fighter jets, including bombers capable of deploying nuclear weapons, into Taiwan’s airspace. Between October 1 and October 4, 145 Chinese air force planes violated Taiwan’s airspace. It was an act of pure malice, intended to warn, intimidate, and humiliate. But even though no shots were fired, what happened to Hong Kong in the past year is an example of what Taiwan may expect should China take it over.

And what will America do if – or rather when – this happens? 

An attack from China seems almost inevitable, and when it comes, it will be massive. Little Taiwan does not have the wherewithal to defend itself from such a massive force, although the Trump administration supported Taiwan’s self-defense capabilities with sales of $1.8 billion in weapons systems to improve its combat readiness. In theory, the Chinese would potentially suffer significant losses if they invaded Taiwan, although its massive air and sea power would be difficult for Taiwan to overcome.

Taiwan has only four destroyers and four submarines against China’s massive naval force, which has 50 destroyers and 79 submarines. In the air, Taiwan is defended by 288 fighter planes and 91 attack helicopters against China’s 902 fighter planes and 327 attack helicopters.

If Biden’s shameful retreat from Afghanistan is any clue, America will do little to counteract a major attack from China. The tiny country that we have pledged to protect is not likely to find that Biden’s America is ready or willing to defend it. 

Now Add Japan to the Mix

China has been testing the waters. However, the CCP might be wise to pay more attention to another, more powerful member of the community. Japan has promised to defend Taiwan. Its navy is highly advanced and maybe a force to be reckoned with when the attack comes. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that the security of Japan is directly linked with Taiwan, and Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has talked about collective self-defense in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

From 1885 to 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony, until Japan surrendered to the Chinese after its loss in World War II. As a condition of its surrender in 1945, Japan could not have an ‘army’ and ‘air force’ or a ‘navy.’ Instead, Japan calls its military “Self Defense Forces.” In fact, the Japanese Constitution rejects using force to resolve international disputes. But in 2015, Japan enacted new laws relating to the military. The old laws were changed to allow them to use force if an attack on another country threatened Japan’s survival. The law also allows Japan to deploy its military forces in order to support foreign forces, should its national security be threatened. And Japan is getting ready.

Japanese Special Defense Forces file photo

Japan is currently converting its two largest helicopter carrier ships, the Izumo and its sister ship, Kaga, into aircraft carriers. Although these ships are too small to launch modern naval jets, the F-35B is a vertical/short take-off and landing (V/STOL) aircraft that they could easily accommodate. Japan has already ordered 42 F-35Bs. Japan also has at least 100 tactical nukes which could be deployed in the event of a Chinese attack. 

What Next?

Will China attack Taiwan? And will the joint US and Japanese forces, now plying the South China Sea, respond in a coordinated effort of military force? 

A Chinese attack on Taiwan would be consistent with China’s policy of expansion and insistence that Taiwan belongs to China. Xi Jinping made that clear in a speech he gave to Communist Party officials on October 9, when he said, No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s staunch determination, firm will, and strong ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled.”

And almost anything can ignite a confrontation with China that will lead to war, which they seem to want. For example: On Friday, October 8, a highly advanced and secretive nuclear-powered Seawolf-class submarine, the USS Connecticut, which was on maneuvers in the South China Sea, sustained damage when it hit what the press called an “unknown object.” However, intelligence sources reported that this “unknown object” was, in fact, a Chinese Type 093 submarine, one of their latest attack subs, operating in close proximity to the US sub. The Chinese sub, which was struck as it tried to outmaneuver the Connecticut, was identified by its sonar signature. 

While several American sailors suffered minor injuries in the collision and the USS Connecticut was forced to limp back to port in Guam, little is known so far about how much damage the Chinese submarine received. However, China issued a stiff condemnation over the US nuclear submarine operating in the South China Sea. Although China considers those waters to be within its sovereign territory, the rest of the world considers them international waters, and their presence there is a statement to China that they will not tolerate exclusion from them.  

Chinese submarines are known to troll these waters to track ships from the West, no doubt to both harass them, but also to acquire technical and logistical intelligence. According to a 2015 Office of Naval Intelligence report, China has as many as 57 diesel-electric and five nuclear attack submarines. 

Will China label this incident an act of war? Will it ignite a new confrontation between the US and China? Will it encourage China to attack Taiwan? What happens next depends on many factors, and at the moment, there are more questions than answers. What is certain is that this growing international problem will not go away anytime soon. And that China is determined, one way or another, to acquire the island nation of Taiwan and incorporate it into China, as it did with Hong Kong. The likelihood is that it will only take a small trigger to ignite a major conflagration in this part of the world – a war between liberty and tyranny.

Cover Image: Soldiers assemble for the Queshan – exercise. MIL.CNR.CN

Ilana Freedman

Ilana Freedman is a veteran intelligence analyst with more than thirty years in the field. She was trained in Israel, where she lived and worked for sixteen years. After returning to the U.S., she served as CEO of Gerard Group International in Massachusetts, providing major corporations and government agencies with intelligence-led support for their homeland security programs. Her global network of specialists and field assets has provided her with an ongoing resource of critical, real-time intelligence and domain expertise. Today, Ilana is an independent consultant and author of hundreds of articles on terrorism and the geopolitical landscape. She has written four books on Islamic terrorism, and is currently working on a comprehensive book on China - past, present, and future.

Use the code ‘OUTLOUD’ and save 15%
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is for educational, general information, and entertainment purposes only and is never intended to constitute medical or legal advice or to replace the personalized care of a primary care practitioner or legal expert.

While we endeavor to keep this information up to date and correct, the information provided by America Out Loud, its website(s), and any properties (including its radio shows and podcasts) makes no representations, or warranties of any kind, expressed, or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to its website(s) or the information, products, services or related graphics and images contained on the website(s) for any purpose.

The opinions expressed on the website(s), and the opinions expressed on the radio shows and podcasts, are the opinions of the show hosts and do not necessarily represent the opinions, beliefs, or policies of anyone or any entity we may endorse. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

At no time, nor in any event, will we be liable for any loss, or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss of data or profits arising out of, in an association of, or connection with the use of this website.

Through this website, users can link to other websites that may be listed. Those websites are not under the control of America Out Loud or its brands. We have no control over the nature, content, or availability of those sites. America Out Loud has no control over what the sites do with the information they collect. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation, nor does it endorse the views expressed with or by them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, America Out Loud takes no responsibility for, nor are we, and will not be liable for being temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties beyond our control. America Out Loud does not sell, trade, nor market email addresses or other personal data.

Exposing Russia as a Military Fraud, Is China Next?

Exposing Russia as a Military Fraud, Is China Next?

If we had looked closely in those intervening years, we could have seen the clues of their demise. Many in my field (CE/CI) did, but the world had changed. Politicians facing the prospective loss of political control through fear-mongering of something ⏤ Russia then and China now ⏤ limited any real responses that could have achieved a safe world with Russia in it…

Take a Look at the Positive Side of Anarchy

Take a Look at the Positive Side of Anarchy

The only way to achieve liberty and peace is to restore law and order. And the only way to restore law and order is to literally crush the forces of evil. When that begins to happen, we do actually see the positive side of tyranny and anarchy. Conflict is a bedfellow of oppression. Therefore we must end the conflict and, in doing so, end the tyranny. Here’s the positive side of this war…

It’s a LONG-HAUL with COVID-19

It’s a LONG-HAUL with COVID-19

The context is that about 50% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 develop post-COVID symptoms. Severe outpatients also are affected. Characteristic symptoms include headache, hearing loss, tinnitus, loss of olfactory function, sleep disturbance, muscle aches, weakness, fatigue, and chest or abdominal pain…

Be the One.

Be the One.

Be the one — no longer willing to huddle together in the helpless band — the one who dares to join the fight. Another will follow you and then another, and in a flash of time, that bleeding hulk of our nation — once the great light of liberty to the world, now barely flickering — will rise again to throw off the wolves like it has done before, sending them scurrying for safety…

Major Medical Mystery: Why Some People Despite Exposure Don’t Get COVID

Major Medical Mystery: Why Some People Despite Exposure Don’t Get COVID

A small fraction of Americans have escaped COVID infection. CDC uses a figure of 60% for those infected, while the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington says that 76% have been infected. The remainder may have escaped exposure or been exposed but escaped infection. The latter people are the subject of the medical mystery…

Correcting America’s Course Back to the Constitutional Rule of Law

Correcting America’s Course Back to the Constitutional Rule of Law

The US Constitution must scrupulously be followed, especially by the judiciary. It is not for judges to make laws; it is for them to observe and rule on the constitutionality of issues before them. Their oaths, taken upon their confirmations, should include the understanding that their failures to follow judicial protocols would end in their termination…

Does Joe Biden Aspire to be America’s Last President?

Does Joe Biden Aspire to be America’s Last President?

Most ominously, no American administration has ever seemed so entirely unconcerned about hemorrhaging political capital. And that lack of concern about voters’ approval can only mean that this administration no longer believes it relies on political capital (the consent of the governed) for power. We can only assume that this Marxist-aligned administration intends to authorize itself with whatever power it requires to achieve its ends…

America Out Loud 6 years

Celebrating 6 incredible years fighting to restore liberty and justice to our beloved America.

Your Source for Free Speech, Talk Radio, Podcasts, and News.

 

Here we take on the challenges of our generation so that we can preserve future generations. Please consider making a contribution in the fight for liberty!

iHeartRadio

The APPS are free; the mission is priceless!

Free APP
Healthycell

Podcast Networks

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Spotify
Pandora
Tunein
iHeart
Stitcher

Subscribe and Listen on Your Favorite APP

Our Columnists and Show Hosts

Truth For Health

Apple Podcasts

COVID Solution Summit

Apple Podcasts

Evacuating Americans & fully-vetted Afghan's at Risk - Help Us!

Apple Podcasts

Empowering and mentoring conservative trailblazers from Generation Z to win!

Apple Podcasts

Turning Point Action is Recruiting Precinct Chairs - Become a Grassroots Warrior Today!

Apple Podcasts

URGENT - KEEP NINE
Please join us to protect the Supreme Court:
Sign the Petition!

Apple Podcasts

The LATINO USA EXIT from the Democrat Party, click for details...

Apple Podcasts

Fighting corporate censorship and ensuring voter integrity...

Apple Podcasts

Support wounded and fallen police officers. The Wounded Blue.

Wounded Blue
Share via
Copy link