View Full Version : Palace Intrigue: Chinese Soldiers Storm Replica of Taiwan Presidential Office

07-24-2015, 09:43 AM
7:40 pm HKT
Jul 23, 2015

Is Beijing doubling down on its longstanding threat to reclaim Taiwan by force? That’s a concern for some Taiwanese after China’s state broadcaster showcased a recent military drill (https://youtu.be/9LV0BwyMNzc) that featured soldiers storming an apparent replica of the island’s presidential palace.

Officials in Taipei have denounced the drill as harmful to the rapprochement of recent years between Taiwan and China, after decades of hostility following a civil war in the middle of the last century. Political and military experts, meanwhile, say the apparent targeting of an important political symbol for Taiwan marks Beijing’s latest bid to sway Taiwanese voters ahead of a key presidential poll next January.

The newsreel in question, first aired by China Central Television on July 5, featured dramatic footage of an annual military exercise in northern China—spanning fiery artillery barrages, imposing armored columns and infantry assaults on a mock-up city. The video went largely unnoticed until Wednesday, when a Shanghai-based media outlet (http://www.guancha.cn/military-affairs/2015_07_22_327659.shtml) said it demonstrated how Beijing “would use force to solve the Taiwan issue.”

LINK (http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/07/23/palace-intrigue-chinese-soldiers-storm-replica-of-taiwan-presidential-office/)

07-24-2015, 12:59 PM
If Putin can confiscate the Crimea, I guess the Chinese figure they can do the same. Especially with an Obama in office, who they know will do nothing.