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Taiwan is cynically claiming China can ‘paralyze’ it in order to attract Western support

9 13 20

Taiwan’s parliament has just delivered its annual report on the capability of China’s military to launch an attack on the island.

The document was leaked to Reuters and appears to mark a significant U-turn from 2020. Last year, it said China didn’t have the ability to launch a full-scale assault on the island, but now it claims Beijing is capable of utilizing “soft and hard electronic attacks” through various means in order to disable its infrastructure, communications and all of its defences. This, it is reported, would “paralyze” the country.

The comments are also unusual because they directly contradict what was said when the Global Times sought to aggressively highlight America’s weakness in the fallout of Afghanistan, claiming that it couldn’t adequately defend Taiwan. This prompted Foreign Minister Joseph Wu to vow that the island would defend itself “to the very last day” in the event of an attack by China.

And so we are left with a puzzling scenario: Оn one hand, Taipei claims China can’t take it down without a huge effort; on the other, it’s now saying China can effortlessly overwhelm its defences.

That – and the fact the report was presented to the press – is why you might want to take its contents with a pinch of salt. The truth is that China........

© RT.com

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