台湾 中国との戦争を仕掛けさせられるのか: ずくなしの冷や水


台湾 中国との戦争を仕掛けさせられるのか


US approves arms deal with Taiwan
The State Department has cleared the way for a sale of $108 million worth of tank parts and other military gear to Taipei

Taiwan scrambles jets and missiles over Chinese flight
PLA fighters and bombers were spotted southwest of the island
Taiwanese interceptors took to the air on Tuesday as 29 Chinese fighters, bombers and support aircraft were reported off the southwestern coast of the island, the defense ministry in Taipei said. Six bombers and their fighter escorts flew into the Pacific Ocean through the channel between Taiwan and the Philippines and back again, in the third-largest foray into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) this year.

Taiwan frozen out by US weapon's contractors
Taipei is weighing other options after its howitzer order was left behind on American production lines amid the Ukraine crisis

Taiwanese defense officials have been forced to regroup on plans for artillery forces after being told that the US has pushed back the estimated delivery date for 40 howitzer systems by at least three years as Washington races to supply more weapons to war-torn Ukraine.

Taipei’s $750 million order was “crowded out” of US production lines, delaying delivery to 2026 at the soonest, rather than starting in 2023 as planned, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said on Monday. As a result, the ministry is looking at other available weapons systems, such as truck-based rocket launchers produced by Lockheed Martin Corp., to fill the void and will submit a budget proposal once a decision has been made.

Taiwan is trying to modernize its military with precision and long-range weaponry to fend off a possible attack by mainland China, which considers the republic to be a breakaway province. The artillery order was approved last year, making it Taiwan’s first arms deal with the US since President Joe Biden took office, and it was to include 40 155mm M109A6 self-propelled “Paladin” howitzer systems. It also covered related equipment, such as support vehicles and precision guidance kits.

Biden’s administration has ramped up the delivery of heavy weapons, including howitzers, to Ukraine to help Kiev repel Russian forces. Washington has pledged 90 howitzers and 140,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition to Kiev as part of about $15 billion in promised weaponry. Biden is seeking lawmaker approval for $33 billion in additional aid to Ukraine.

Last year’s chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the administration’s refusal to send American troops to fight Russians in Ukraine have called into question Washington’s commitment to protecting Taiwan. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week vowed that the administration would make sure Taiwan had “all necessary means to defend itself against any potential aggression.”

Taiwanese officials are watching the Ukraine conflict “very carefully” and are examining “what we can learn from Ukraine in defending ourselves,” the disputed island republic’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, told CNN on Sunday. He added, “I think the Chinese government must be thinking or calculating how the US or other major countries are going to come to Taiwan’s help or whether they’re going to come to Taiwan’s help. If Taiwan does not have any support, I think that’s going to be a green light to aggression.”

Beijing, which has blamed the US and other NATO members for instigating the Ukraine crisis, has repeatedly warned against US meddling in Taiwan, saying it will take steps to defend China’s territorial integrity.










Taiwan makes claims about Chinese military jets
A total of 18 Chinese air force planes have entered the island’s air defense zone, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense says
Taiwan has accused the Chinese military of a mass air incursion into the island’s air defense zone. A fleet of 18 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft, including two nuclear-capable H-6 planes entered the zone on Friday, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said.

The nuclear capable bombers were accompanied by a Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft, KJ-500 aerial warning and reconnaissance plane, as well as 12 J-11 and J-16 fighter jets.

The incursion prompted the scrambling of Taiwanese fighter jets and the activation of anti-aircraft missile systems “to monitor the activities” of the Chinese air fleet. The aircraft, however, did not enter the air space that Taiwan claims as its own. The Chinese military has, so far, remained silent on the run-in with the island’s military.


The US is using Ukraine to ramp up Taiwan tensions, but China is unlikely to fall into Washington's trap
Washington believes its response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict gives it a stronger hand against China
The US Department of State’s fact sheet on America's relationship with Taiwan has recently changed.

References to America’s commitment to the One China Policy, the acknowledgement that Taiwan is “part of China,” were removed, and replaced with a series of paragraphs which instead detailed the importance of America’s relationship with Taiwan as an “Indo-Pacific Partner.” Albeit unofficially.

Beijing was quick to condemn the move publicly, accusing the US of undermining previous agreements. Coinciding with this, a phone call between US Secretary of Defence Llyod Austin and his Chinese counterpart also never mentioned the “One China Policy” on the US readout. Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, retweeted the conversation and proclaimed the One China “spell” had been broken.

Although not a new development, the United States, enabled by the context of the Ukraine conflict, sees an opportunity to ramp up tensions over Taiwan and strengthen its hand over the issue. In a process which China has described as “Salami Slicing”, America’s Taiwan position has been to pay lip service to its commitment to the One China Policy upfront, but otherwise subtly move the goalposts by increasing its political, diplomatic and military support to the island in order to weaken Beijing’s actual hand in achieving reunification objectives on its terms.

Such a policy is not of course an explicit endorsement of “Taiwan independence,” which China describes as the “red line” but nonetheless serves to de facto block Beijing from attaining its ambitions. While this has been ongoing since the Trump administration, for a number of reasons, the conflict in Ukraine is now enabling the US to do this more overtly than previously.

[台北 31日 ロイター] - 台湾の蔡英文総統は31日、米国が州兵と台湾軍の「協力」を計画していると明らかにした。

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