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US-Taiwan Secret Drills: A Prelude To War In Asia-Pacific?

In a strategic move that has sent ripples through international waters, the United States has conducted clandestine military exercises with Taiwan, hosting over 7,000 Taiwanese soldiers on American soil in Michigan.

This cooperative training operation, involving the Michigan National Guard, intentionally omitted the involvement of the regular U.S. military to keep tensions in check. Interestingly, this practice of leveraging National Guard units for international training isn’t entirely new, having been employed in the past, most notably during Ukraine’s conflict in 2014.

Simultaneously, the Yellow Sea will soon witness a significant event—joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea for the first time in a decade. Meanwhile, Japan, aligning itself with the U.S. and South Korea in a concerted effort against China, has allocated a record-breaking $53 billion to its military budget for the acquisition of American-made missiles and fighter jets.

Taiwan, too, is making headlines as it becomes the first recipient of U.S. arms under a program typically reserved for sovereign nations. As part of the State Department’s foreign military financing (FMF) initiative, the $80 million military package will be funded solely by American taxpayers. In May, we reported that the US was looking to fast-track a $500M defense package for Taiwan Ukrainian-style – under the Presidential Drawdown Authority.

With upcoming elections in January, should the ruling party secure victory, discussions around declaring independence and secession are likely to intensify.

Aware of the implications of such moves, Taiwan is racing to build 220 military medical facilities for blood storage and emergency surgeries. Recent exercises at Taiwan’s largest airport simulated repelling a Chinese amphibious assault, drawing inspiration from Russia’s Gostomel operation. Back in April, Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, expressed concerns about the possibility of China’s military offensive in 2027.

In the U.S., hawks calling for a possible Taiwan conflict by 2024 are on the rise, while China is reinforcing its naval presence around Taiwan and deploying hypersonic missiles. The upcoming January elections are set to be a litmus test, as a conflict in the region could cripple the global economy, disrupting the supply of critical semiconductor chips.

As China makes strides in chip production independently of Taiwan, the U.S. continues to grapple with delays in opening its semiconductor plants, raising questions about its self-reliance in this critical sector.

The world watches cautiously as tensions in the Asia-Pacific region escalate, leaving us to ponder if this is a prelude to a larger and more unpredictable conflict.

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