Chinese Military Officer Says They Should Attack US Ships
The US Navy has often sailed ships through the South China Sea in an effort to keep the shipping lanes open after China began building military sites in the Spratly Islands. According to WeAreTheMighty, Dai Xu, a Chinese military officer – People’s Liberation Army Air Force colonel commandant and the president of China’s Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation- told a conference on December 8 that, “If the US warships break into Chinese waters again, I suggest that two warships should be sent: one to stop it, and another one to ram it … In our territorial waters, we won’t allow US warships to create disturbance.”
Now that would be a real “disturbance” and the US Navy likely wouldn’t take kindly to it.
News.com.au reported that Xu’s threat also included the possibility of “annexing Taiwan.”
He was also hawkish when it came to the issue of Taiwan and recommended the idea of absorbing the island nation and bringing it under Chinese control. Taiwan is a self-ruled island republic, but China sees it as a breakaway province that should be brought back into the fold and has not ruled out reunification by force.
Dai Xu suggested that provocation against China in the South China Sea would force the issue, prompting China to annex the country.
“It would boost the speed of our unification of Taiwan,” he said.
“Let’s just be prepared and wait. Once a strategic opportunity emerges, we should be ready to take over Taiwan.”
The US has always taken the stand that the South China Sea should be a free and open area.
“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.” US 5th Fleet
In October there was an incident in which a Navy destroyer and Chinese destroyer almost collided.
If Xi Jinping were to attempt to boost his image at home by taking over Taiwan, it would cause bloodshed. Ramming a US ship, or overtly attacking one could cause equally severe ramifications. Hopefully that’s all just bluster.
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Featured Photo- Screenshot of Dai Xu via Taiwan News