War in Taiwan 2024 (General)

by dan, Saturday, February 24, 2024, 14:49 (150 days ago) @ dulan drift

Things seem to be heating up quite rapidly in the last few days. Here's a snapshot. Am I missing anything?

Feb 15: On Feb. 15, two Chinese fishermen drowned about one nautical mile off the archipelago after being chased by Taiwan's coast guard. The incident occurred after the fishermen entered prohibited waters in the area and attempted to flee. http://url.site25.net/86

Feb 17: Zhu also stated that there are no prohibited or restricted waters surrounding the Kinmen Islands. (Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office). http://url.site25.net/87

Feb 18: China announced on Sunday that its coast guard would begin regular patrols and set up law enforcement activity around the Kinmen islands, following the death of two Chinese nationals fleeing Taiwan's coast guard having entered into restricted waters too close to Kinmen. http://url.cailab.net/cl

Feb 19: Six Chinese coast guard officers on Monday boarded a Taiwanese tourist boat carrying 11 crew and 23 passengers to check its route plan, certificate and crew licences, leaving around half an hour later, Taiwan's coast guard said. http://url.cailab.net/cl

Feb 20: Taiwan drives away Chinese coast guard boat as frontline island tensions rise. http://url.cailab.net/cl

Feb 23: Chinese delegation in Taiwan's Kinmen for talks related to fatal speedboat incident. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/5101437

The statement by Zhu on Feb 17 seems to be the most ominous. I can imagine how they could start extending this to the other outlying islands, the Penghu, etc.

The Feb 19 boarding is also worrying. I can see this tactic being increased. At what point could it include container ships? Ships thought to be carrying weapons?

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