Aggressive Chinese military activity and rhetoric directed at Taiwan has raised the specter of Beijing forcefully reunifying the island country with the mainland.
The likelihood of a direct military action still appears low, but the increasingly tense situation has drawn attention to the growing gap between China’s modernizing military and Taiwan’s aging force.
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The Taiwan Strait is quickly becoming the tensest it has been in decades.
China has directed aggressive rhetoric and military activity toward Taiwan, and while the likelihood of a direct attack remains low, the rising tensions come as China’s military expands and Taiwan’s military grows increasingly outdated.
This week, Chinese state-run tabloid Global Times published an op-ed saying Taiwan’s current status “will definitely come to an end” and that China will “teach Taiwan independence forces a hard lesson.”
Last month, the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Eastern Theater Command published a
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