CCP’s Gift to Tsai Ing-wen: Military Drills

Author: HKS

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) controlled by CCP has held military exercises for two and a half months in the Bohai Sea area near the Jingtang Port area of ​​Tangshan Port from 14th May. Since Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration ceremony was on May 20, any voice of “democracy” and “independence” is regarded as touching CCP’s bottom line. CCP’s pressure tactic of conducting military maneuver is to intimidate independence activists in Taiwan, and to show CCP’s willingness to deal with Taiwan issue by force when necessary.

Song Zhaowen, a senior Advisory Committee member of Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, denounced Tsai Ing-wen as she has been “provoking” CCP recently. “Tsai Ing-wen even claimed that she hasn’t ruled out wars against Mainland. Now Tsai Ing-wen’s dream may come true, and she must be 100% responsible for such a tension”.   

Li Haidong, a Professor at the China Foreign Affairs University, made comments on CCP’s warnings in an interview with the Global Times on the 14th, “There will be a series of intensive actions soon” and “Taiwan authorities should not act like they can do whatever they want as long as they have American support”. “Once Taiwan authorities cross the red line and make the wrong move, they must be mentally prepared to bear the corresponding consequences.”

What’s interesting is that the Third Session of the 13th National People’s Congress will be convened on May 22, 2020 and the Third Session of the 13th Chinese People ’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee will be convened on May 21. Both conferences arouse extensive attention annually; besides, they were postponed already due to the pandemic. CCP’s massive military drills are also thought to send a warning signal to its internal rebellions who want to snatch the power control from its ruler sitting at the top of the food chain. For CCP’s concern of security, the selected location where the military exercises take place may afford much food for thought.

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