Chinese threatens Australia with ARMAGEDDON over Taiwan
Chinese diplomat makes extraordinary threat that Australia faces ARMAGEDDON in ‘doomed’ pact with the US – as he threatens an ‘all-out war’ if allies dare to protect Taiwan
- A Chinese diplomat has warned Australia and the US against protecting Taiwan
- Beijing under President Xi plans to annex the democratic island before 2027
- Taiwanese citizens are fiercely opposed to the authoritarian rule of China
- The US and Australia have both vowed to oppose a Chinese takeover of Taiwan
- Victor Gao threatened Western powers with ‘Armageddon’ if they step in
A former Chinese official has threatened Australia and the US with ‘Armageddon’ if the democratic allies move to protect Taiwan in a military conflict.
Victor Gao, who was once communist leader Deng Xiaoping’s translator, warned Western powers to stay out of China’s quest to annex the disputed territory, 180km off its coast.
The island nation, backed by the US and Japan, broke away from the mainland in 1949 after the civil war.
It has democratically-elected leaders and fiercely opposes reunification and the totalitarian rule of Beijing.
But President Xi Jinping has repeatedly stated he plans to take over Taiwan by 2027 as part of the ‘great rejuvenation of China’ using military force if necessary.
US President Joe Biden last month vowed American troops will stand in China’s way if any attempt is made to conquer the island.
On Friday, defence minister Peter Dutton made similar remarks saying it would be ‘inconceivable’ that Australian troops wouldn’t back up the US if such a scenario played out in the region.
The pushback has made China’s tough-talking Wolf Warrior diplomats furious.
‘Those who want to block unification will be doomed to fail,’ Mr Gao told 60 Minutes.
‘If Australia goes to fight together with US soldiers in China’s drive for reunification between China’s mainland and China’s Taiwan, then you are talking about the worst thing you could dream of – a war between China and the United States.
‘That would soon escalate out of control and that will be Armageddon, Armageddon, and Armageddon.’
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (pictured) has remained staunch in the face of Chinese aggression vowing that the island will remain independent
Is Taiwan a country or a part of China?
Taiwanese soldiers hoist the flag of Taiwan in Taipei on May 10. China considers Taiwan as a part of its territory, but many Taiwanese people want the island to be independent
China and Taiwan have a long-standing dispute over the island’s sovereignty.
China considers Taiwan as a part of its territory, more precisely a province, but many Taiwanese want the island to be independent.
From 1683 to 1895, Taiwan was ruled by China’s Qing dynasty. After Japan claimed its victory in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Qing government forced to cede Taiwan to Japan.
The island was under the Republic of China’s ruling after World War II, with the consent of its allies the US and UK.
The leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party, Chiang Kai-shek, fled to Taiwan in 1949 and established his government after losing the Civil War to the Communist Party and its leader Mao Zedong.
Chiang’s son continued to rule Taiwan after his father and began democratising Taiwan.
In 1980, China put forward a formula called ‘one country, two systems’, under which Taiwan would be given significant autonomy if it accepted Chinese reunification. Taiwan rejected the offer.
Taiwan today, with its own constitution and democratically-elected leaders, is widely accepted in the West as an independent state. But its political status remains unclear.
President Xi Jinping and other Communist party loyalists have voiced their ambitions of annexing the democratic US and Japan-backed island. Pictured: People’s Liberation Army tanks are seen in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during a National Day parade celebrating the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China
The vice president for the Centre for China and Globalisation think tank went on to say Australia’s recent deal with the UK and US to attain nuclear-powered subs would make the nation a target for a weapon of mass destruction by Beijing.
‘The AUKUS deal will have one big consequence for Australia as it will no longer enjoy the benefit and the very rare privilege of not being targeted with nuclear weapons going forward,’ Mr Gao said.
‘This is what I hope the Australian people will come to realise, that you need to deal with China with respect, as much as you give to the United States.’
Moments after threatening Australia in his bizarre TV interview, Mr Gao then went on to say ‘China at its heart is a country of pandas’.
‘Do you think a kangaroo will fear a panda? Probably not. A panda probably will run away in front of a leg-kicking kangaroo.’
Victor Gao, who was once communist leader Deng Xiaoping’s translator, warned Western powers to stay out of China’s quest to annex the disputed territory, 180km off its coast (pictured, a Chinese rocket launch)
Mr Gao said Australia’s AUKUS deal will make the nation a target for nuclear weapons by Beijing
What is a Wolf Warrior Diplomat?
Chinese diplomats around the globe have made headlines in recent years by making aggressive public statements against democratic nations – often in to the contrary of all available evidence.
Political observers say such statements are made to impress Communist Party bosses back home in Beijing so they get noticed.
The term Wolf Warrior is actually a Chinese action film franchise launched in 2015.
The plot of the 80s-style action films centre around a patriotic Chinese soldier who takes on enemies from all over the world and is fearless in the face of danger.
Senator Jim Molan, who also climbed to the rank of Major General in the Australian Army, explained there are three possible scenarios of how China could take over Taiwan – a nation strategically important for its mass production of semiconductor microchips.
One possibility is that China’s vast navy could set up a no-sail, no-fly blockade around Taiwan, slowing choking the island’s economy to death before seizing control.
Another option is a sudden attack ‘Pearl Harbour’ type attack and the third possibility is a simultaneous combination of both strategies.
If any of these situations played out he warns Australia would be ‘monstrously vulnerable’ because we have a ‘naïve faith that American military power is infinite and it’s not’.
‘The next war is not going to be 10 or 20 years away. It’s going to be in the next three to 10 years,’ he said.
He said Australia should expand its defence force ‘significantly’ in the face of China so it does not suffer the same potential fate as Taiwan.
Taipei-based tech entrepreneur Hsin Cheng Hsaio said the the 25 million people on the island have grown more concerned after watching Beijing systematically erode the political freedoms of citizens in nearby Hong Kong.
‘Our number one fear is losing all our freedoms because Taiwan has been enjoying our democracy and our liberties for the past few decades,’ he said.
‘It is just unimaginable to think we will be reunified with an authoritarian regime, and then surrender such freedoms. So no, it’s not an option.
‘Hong Kong people lost their basic right to vote, to elect their officials, to speak their minds, to protest… and people just live under fear every single day and we just all hope it doesn’t come to this.’
He hopes the US and its allies will move in to fend off China’s dictatorial lurch across the Taiwan Strait.
‘Taiwan would have to fight and although we spend heavily on military equipment, we are no match for the second largest army in the world,’ Mr Hsaio said.
President Xi Jinping (pictured) has repeatedly stated he plans to take over Taiwan by 2027 as part of the ‘great rejuvenation of China’ using military force if necessary
How China’s feud with Australia has escalated
2019: Australian intelligence services conclude that China was responsible for a cyber-attack on Australia’s parliament and three largest political parties in the run-up to a May election.
April 2020: Australian PM Scott Morrison begins canvassing his fellow world leaders for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Britain and France are initially reluctant but more than 100 countries eventually back an investigation.
April 15: Morrison is one of the few leaders to voice sympathy with Donald Trump’s criticisms of the World Health Organization, which the US president accuses of bias towards China.
April 21: China’s embassy accuses Australian foreign minister Peter Dutton of ‘ignorance and bigotry’ and ‘parroting what those Americans have asserted’ after he called for China to be more transparent about the outbreak.
April 23: Australia’s agriculture minister David Littleproud calls for G20 nations to campaign against the ‘wet markets’ which are common in China and linked to the earliest coronavirus cases.
April 26: Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye hints at a boycott of Australian wine and beef and says tourists and students might avoid Australia ‘while it’s not so friendly to China’. Canberra dismisses the threat and warns Beijing against ‘economic coercion’.
May 11: China suspends beef imports from four of Australia’s largest meat processors. These account for more than a third of Australia’s $1.1billion beef exports to China.
May 18: The World Health Organization backs a partial investigation into the pandemic, but China says it is a ‘joke’ for Australia to claim credit. The same day, China imposes an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley. Australia says it may challenge this at the WTO.
May 21: China announces new rules for iron ore imports which could allow Australian imports – usually worth $41billion per year – to be singled out for extra bureaucratic checks.
June 5: Beijing warns tourists against travelling to Australia, alleging racism and violence against the Chinese in connection with Covid-19.
June 9: China’s Ministry of Education warns students to think carefully about studying in Australia, similarly citing alleged racist incidents.
June 19: Australia says it is under cyber-attack from a foreign state which government sources say is believed to be China. The attack has been targeting industry, schools, hospitals and government officials, Morrison says.
July 9: Australia suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offers to extend the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers who are already in Australia over China’s national security law which effectively bans protest.
August 18: China launches 12-month anti-dumping investigation into wines imported from Australia in a major threat to the $6billion industry.
August 26: Prime Minster Scott Morrison announces he will legislate to stop states and territories signing deals with foreign powers that go against Australia’s foreign policy. Analysts said it is aimed at China.
October 13: Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says he’s investigating reports that Chinese customs officials have informally told state-owned steelmakers and power plants to stop Aussie coal, leaving it in ships off-shore.
November 2: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud reveals China is holding up Aussie lobster imports by checking them for minerals.
November 3: Barley, sugar, red wine, logs, coal, lobster and copper imports from Australia unofficially banned under a directive from the government, according to reports.
November 18: China releases bizarre dossier of 14 grievances with Australia.
November 27: Australian coal exports to China have dropped 96 per cent in the first three weeks of November as 82 ships laden with 8.8million tonnes of coal are left floating off Chinese ports where they have been denied entry.
November 28: Beijing imposed a 212 per cent tariff on Australia’s $1.2 billion wine exports, claiming they were being ‘dumped’ or sold at below-cost. The claim is denied by both Australia and Chinese importers.
November 30: Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao posted a doctored image showing a grinning Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child. The move outraged Australians.
December 12: Australian coal is added to a Chinese blacklist.
December 24: China suspends imports of Australian timber from NSW and WA after local customs officers say they found pests in the cargo.
January 11, 2021: Australia blocks $300million construction deal that would have seen state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation takeover Probuild. The bid was blacked over national security concerns.
February 5, 2021: China confirms Melbourne journalist and single mother Cheng Lei has been formally arrested after being detained in August, 2020.
February 23, 2021: China accuses Australia of being in an ‘axis of white supremacy’ with the UK, USA, Canada and NZ in an editorial.
March 11, 2021: Australia is accused of genocide by a Communist Party newspaper editor.
March 15, 2021: Trade Minister Dan Tehan announced he wants the World Trade Organisation to help mediate discussions between the two countries over the trade dispute.
April 21, 2021: Foreign Minister Marise Payne announces Australia has scrapped Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road deal with China using new veto powers.
May 6, 2021: China indefinitely suspends all strategic economic talks with Australia, blaming the Morrison Government’s attitude towards the relationship. The move cuts off all diplomatic contact with Beijing under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, freezing discussions between key officials below a ministerial level.
June 22, 2021: China tries to ‘ambush’ Australia with a push to officially declare the Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger’
September 15, 2021: Australian, the UK and the US announce the AUKUS security pact which will give the Australian military nuclear-powered submarines to counter China growing aggression in the Indo Pacific. The move is met with seething anger in Beijing.
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