MOSCOW, September 11 – RIA Novosti, Andrey Kots. Washington announced another $1.1 billion military aid package to Taiwan. The White House is confident that the next arms supply will force Beijing to withdraw from the island. But the Chinese authorities will not change their plans. About what is happening in the region – the material is in RIA Novosti.
Americans are constantly increasing risks. In early August, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, followed by a delegation of MPs. Beijing responded with demonstrative military exercises near the island. PRC’s position has not changed: no one except the Chinese has the right to judge Taiwan’s situation.
And now the White House has announced another military aid package to Taipei. According to information from the Pentagon, these are about 60 AGM-84K Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles, about 100 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and radar stations for air defense systems. Earlier, the media reported that hundreds of American trainers were transferred to Taiwan.
“Weapons will strengthen Taiwan’s security and help maintain political stability, military stability and economic progress in the region,” Washington said.
Beijing responded immediately. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said this was a gross violation of the “one China” principle and the three joint Sino-US declarations. China will “take decisive and drastic measures to reliably protect its sovereignty and interests”.
Mao Ning accused the White House of escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait. No force can prevent the full reunification of the country, the minister added.
Impact on logistics
Washington reaffirmed its readiness to defend its Pacific ally, and US Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff Clinton Hinot threatened Beijing with strikes on logistics centers and channels in the event of an attack on the island. According to the general, military operations in Ukraine showed the importance of logistics. And he stressed that the US has everything to hit.
Earlier, another senior military official, Chief of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General Mark Milley, suggested that Taipei carefully study Ukraine’s actions and learn from the tactics used against the Russian military. According to Milli, one should be prepared to recruit the entire population of the island.
Political scientist and orientalist Dmitry Mosyakov says, “I think China has a strategy against all these actions.” “To show Southeast Asia that they are the ones who set the agenda in the region. In the current global crises, Washington cannot allow Beijing to step aside. The basis of the strategy is to drag the Chinese into conflict until a complete solution is ready.”
It is very doubtful that Washington wants an open conflict. Last spring, the US Air Force command lifted the results of military games in which American planes opposed Chinese planes during a hypothetical invasion of Taiwan. The simulation made it clear that the PLA could not be defeated by a raid. And although the United States was victorious in the end, the losses were disastrous.
According to the legend of the games, in 2030 Beijing began to use force to solve the Taiwan problem, using aviation and navy in a large-scale landing operation. Taipei asked for help. Having gathered impressive forces in the South China Sea, the Pentagon reacted immediately. In the simulation, they only worked on airborne actions with the support of the Navy and ground forces.
In previous years, the Americans were repeatedly defeated. In 2018 and 2019, Washington deployed all available forces and vehicles. However, aircraft and drones were unable to enter “restricted areas” (Anti-Access/Area Blocking, A2/AD). Chinese fighters and air defense systems, both on land and on board, reliably closed the skies over Taiwan and repulsed the attacks, and reconnaissance units took control of the island.
A trick helped to win last year’s simulation: the maneuvers were simulated not in the present, but in the future, which made it possible to use promising models of aviation equipment and weapons, not only existing, but mostly still existing. drawings. As a result, the Air Force defeated the Chinese troops and intercepted the surviving units. But at great cost.
The Pentagon did not specify how serious the damage was. However, it is clear that in real life the conflict will be even worse.
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