A Taiwanese news station accidentally reported that China had invaded the island nation yesterday, triggering a government investigation into the mistake.
On the Wednesday morning news broadcast at 7 a.m. local time, Taiwanese public broadcaster Chinese Television System (CTS) mistakenly released a news crawl at the bottom of one of their segments that read, “the Chinese communists have stepped up their preparations for war,” and that President Tsai Ing-wen “has issued an emergency order.”
- U.S. officials are accusing China of preparing to offering its military and economic support to Russia during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
- "It's real, it's consequential, and it's really alarming," an anonymous official was quoted as saying.
- State Department spokesman Ned Price told journalists that the U.S. would be "watching closely" to see if Russia gets support from China or others.
The U.S. has alleged via a diplomatic cable to NATO allies and some Asian countries that China is prepared to provide military and economic support to Russia during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
An anonymous U.S. official privy to the message further stated that China would likely deny such accusations.
Mainland China will supposedly have a difficult time launching a full-scale invasion of Taiwan over problems that mostly have to do with logistics, according to a new report by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry.
Why it matters: The threat assessment was sent to legislators, according to Reuters. If correct, Taipei improves its odds of securing its sovereignty against China, whose warplanes have increasingly patrolled the Taiwan Strait in recent months.
China will face “terrible consequences” for any move to invade Taiwan, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday, adding that Washington is “resolutely committed” to ensuring that the self-governed island can defend itself.
Driving the news: Blinken’s remarks come amid increasing tensions in the Taiwan Strait. Since early October, Beijing has sent hundreds of warplanes to Taipei’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), leading to fears of an escalation that would trigger a longstanding defense commitment the U.S. has made to Taiwan.