Tokyo / Taipei – Invading Ukraine, Russia took control of Crimea and annexed the land to their country. China could invade Taiwan in the same style, warned Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi. The statement came from Japan’s Defense Minister at an event hosted by a US-based think tank. The Japanese Defense Minister’s warning proves to be attention-seeking against the backdrop of a joint patrol of Chinese and Russian warships in the Sea of Japan.
Over the past few months, the Chinese regime has become progressively aggressive against Taiwan. In the first four days of this month, about 150 Chinese planes intruded Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). This proved to be the biggest intrusion ever. China’s unification will be fulfilled in a peaceful manner which will be most in line with the overall interest of the Taiwanese people, the Chinese President had threatened thenceforth.
Besides the intrusions of planes and President Jinping’s warning, China has reportedly begun exercise in various areas and increased deployments to invade Taiwan. Chinese media have warned Taiwan of Doomsday. The Chinese Defense Ministry had also mentioned that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was on a high alert for action against Taiwan. Tensions between China and Taiwan are at their peak, with many analysts and experts predicting a conflict. This has greatly increased the importance of the warning given by the Japanese Defense Minister.
A few days ago, a US-based think tank ‘CSIS’ organized an event. At the event, Japan’s Defense Minister mentioned Russia’s action on Crimea. ‘Russia’s act was an ‘illegal annexation’ of Crimea.’ The invasion had begun without deploying troops, he added. Minister further said that cyberattacks too were launched before this. ‘An invasion may begin without anyone realizing it, and a war may be fought without the use of military forces,’ Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi warned. A pioneering Japanese newspaper ‘Nikkei’ claimed that Defense Minister Kishi’s warning was a signal of a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
Other speakers expressed serious concern over China initiating ‘grey zone warfare’ and ‘hybrid warfare’ against Taiwan. Attention was drawn towards the resemblance between Russia’s Crimea occupancy and the utilization of the policy of ‘grey zone warfare’ by China. It has surfaced that former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has also cautioned of China pressuring Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Japan has expressed its fierce concern over naval exercises between China and Russia near its maritime territory. ‘The government is closely watching Chinese and Russian naval vessels’ activities around Japan like this one with high interest. We will continue to do our utmost in our surveillance activity in waters and airspace around Japan,’ said Yoshihiko Isozaki, a senior Japanese official. Japanese officials informed that the Chinese and Russian warships travelled from the territories nearing Hokkaido and Kyushu islands of Japan.
It has also been discovered that Chinese and Russian warships have conducted joint patrols in the Pacific region near Japan’s maritime territory. Chinese state media had claimed that the patrol with Russia was in response to the moves of the US and allies.