In a new poll released on Tuesday (May 25), nearly half of respondents said that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has not done enough to prepare Taiwan for an invasion by China, and the proportion expressing confidence in her preparations has dropped by 11% since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. taiwannews.com.tw
Poll asked, Is the government fully prepared if China attacked Taiwan?
Do not Know
The survey was conducted for the TPOF by Focus Survey Research (山水民意研究公司) from May 16-17. The poll gathered valid responses via telephone from 1,077 adults 20 and over and had a sampling error of plus or minus 2.99% with a confidence level of 95%.
Video has emerged on social media that is said to show an apparent launch of a missile, possibly from a submarine, as viewed from a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 flying over the South China Sea. Unseen individuals can be heard in the clip talking about whether it is heading their way. TheDrive
There have been reports of “tension” between China’s top two leaders President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang about the approach to the economy and it’s growth, says Sky News Business Editor Ross Greenwood. SkyNews
“Beijing is engaged in increasingly provocative rhetoric and activity, like flying PLA [Chinese People’s Liberation Army] aircraft near Taiwan on an almost daily basis,” Blinken said in the 45-minute speech at George Washington University in Washington, during which he outlined the US administration’s policy toward China. Taipeitimes.com
Biden saying the U.S. will help defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack does not make it more likely China would attack Taiwan. But it does make clearer the risks China faces if it acts as an aggressor. Politico
US President Joe Biden said during his recent visit to Asia that America will defend Taiwan militarily in the event of a Chinese invasion. Although White House officials were quick to state that US policy toward the island had not changed, some think that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s increasing regional assertiveness necessitate a tougher approach. Project-Syndicate.org
China on Thursday slammed Japan for making dangerous close-range tracking and disruptions to an aircraft carrier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy during the latter’s recent, legitimate drills in the West Pacific, with analysts saying that the Japanese move reflected the country’s ulterior motive of offensive military expansion under the excuse of the “China threat” theory. GlobalTimes