China’s State Media Sends Warning To Taiwan, Mentions U.S. Military And What Their End Result Will Be
China’s state media did not mince words against the United States following its move to leave Afghanistan to Taliban forces and the catastrophic fallout that ensued.
It took advantage of the opportunity presented by the Biden administration following the Taliban’s capture of Kabul over the weekend and a failed US withdrawal from the country — to warn US allies like Taiwan that just like what America did to Afghanistan, it will not stand with Taiwan in the event of a standoff with China.
The Global Times, which serves as a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, wrote of the evacuation of Americans in Afghanistan, as well as the impact of the Taliban takeover of Kabul to the standing and image of the US worldwide.
“The US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan has led to the rapid demise of the Kabul government,” it said. “The world has witnessed how the US evacuated its diplomats by helicopter while Taliban soldiers crowded into the presidential palace in Kabul.”
“This has dealt a heavy blow to the credibility and reliability of the US.”
#环球时报Editorial: From what happened in Afghanistan, those in Taiwan should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours and US military won’t come to help. As a result, the DPP will quickly surrender. https://t.co/ZUrZmcsSWf pic.twitter.com/wFG4vrHbTo
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 16, 2021
The publication also compared the US pullout in Afghanistan to the same scenario that happened during the Vietnam war.
“Many people cannot help but recall how the Vietnam War ended in 1975: The US abandoned its allies in South Vietnam; Saigon was taken over; then the US evacuated almost all its citizens in Saigon,” it added.
Global Times then segued to Taiwan — and its ties with the US — warning the island state that the events that unfolded in Afghanistan could be a glimpse of its future.
“How Washington abandoned the Kabul regime particularly shocked some in Asia, including the island of Taiwan. Taiwan is the region that relies on the protection of the US the most in Asia, and the island’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities have made Taiwan go further and further down this abnormal path,” the paper wrote.
China says “US not reliable”
“The situation in Afghanistan suddenly saw a radical change after the country was abandoned by the US. And Washington just left despite the worsening situation in Kabul. Is this some kind of omen of Taiwan’s future fate?” the Chinese state-run media added.
On the Taiwanese leadership, the paper warned: “They must have been nervous and feel an ominous presentiment. They must have known better in secret that the US is not reliable.”
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The publication further warned: “Once a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland seizes the island with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than it had for Afghanistan, Syria, and Vietnam if it wants to interfere.”
China warns Taiwan
“A military intervention of the US will be a move to change the status quo in the Taiwan Straits, and this will make Washington pay a huge price rather than earn profit,” it added.
Noting how Taiwan see themselves as “independent from Communist China,” Global Times added: “The DPP authorities need to keep a sober head, and the secessionist forces should reserve the ability to wake up from their dreams.”
“From what happened in Afghanistan, they should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours and the US military won’t come to help. As a result, the DPP authorities will quickly surrender, while some high-level officials may flee by plane,” the state media continued.
Finally, the publication — which is a daily tabloid newspaper under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party’s flagship People’s Daily newspaper — suggested that instead of going through the same fate as Afghanistan, Taiwan would be better off abandoning ties with the US.
“The best choice for the DPP authorities is to avoid pushing the situation to that position,” the paper wrote.
“They need to change their course of bonding themselves to the anti-Chinese mainland chariot of the US. They should keep cross-Straits peace with political means, rather than acting as strategic pawns of the US and bear the bitter fruits of a war,” it added.
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