EXCLUSIVE: US defence assessment over Taiwan sparks concern Xi Jinping plans to use Uyghur-style crackdown to pacify island in the event of an invasion.
By TIM MCNULTY
April 6, 2023 UPDATED
China views Taiwan as its territory (Image: Getty)
Chinese paramilitary units with experience in dishing out the brutal repression of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang may be deployed to Taiwan once the island nation is conquered, a leading China scholar has warned. Citing a document released by the US National Defense University, author Dr Jonathan Ward warns Xi Jinping may look to model a potential occupation of Taiwan on Beijing's ongoing and brutal repression of the Uyghur people.
In an advanced copy of his upcoming book The Decisive Decade: American Grand Strategy for Triumph Over China, seen by Express.co.uk, Dr Ward quotes from the US report as he set outs Beijing's military plans for Taiwan.
Dr Ward writes: "While the PLA is focused on 'decapitation strikes,' Chinese paramilitary forces with experience in Xinjiang could be employed in Taiwan 'after a permissive environment was established.'"
He adds: "The world can see that China is preparing for military action, including the possible blockade, or invasion and occupation, of this island of twenty-four million people living under democratic government and self-rule.
"Should that moment come—should deterrence fail—we must remember the stakes for the Free World as a whole."
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) training appears to be increasingly geared towards Ta (Image: Getty)
Chinese paramilitary units with experience in Xinjiang may be deployed to Taiwan after an invasion (Image: Getty)
The US-China expert goes on to highlight how the Chinese Communist Party is preparing for a hypothetical occupation of Taiwan that will see "reeducation camps" established to stamp out dissent.
Dr Ward writes: "As the Chinese Communist Party prepares itself and its country for a world that must never come, with military commanders that liken urban warfare to 'killing rats in a porcelain shop,' with diplomats who promise 'reeducation' camps for the people of one of the world’s free states, "With ideologists who refer to entire peoples whom the Communist Party has attempted to subjugate or destroy as the 'five ve poisons,' we must remember the meaning of America, its role in the world, its history, and its duty to humankind.
"It is not our economic power, our diplomatic potential, or our military might that make us different from other great countries. It is our role as the guarantor of human freedom, the place that can preserve and protect what humanity has aspired to for thousands of years."
China's persistent determination to take control of Taiwan, by force if necessary, remains one of the primary sources of tension in the region.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's recent trip to the US is viewed as highly provocative by Beijing.
Although the trip is significant for Taiwan, as it demonstrates overseas support, it is also fraught with tension for both Taiwan and the US.
China considers Taiwan to be its territory and sees any interaction between Taiwanese and US officials as a challenge to its sovereignty.