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Taiwan’s top military official said on Thursday that Taipei would not start a kinetic war with China as tensions in the region intensified after Beijing recently launched a record number of military planes towards the island.

According to Reuters, Chiu Kuo-cheng said Taiwan “won’t start a war at all”.

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China’s recent aggression near the island has led some international observers to wonder whether Beijing is planning an invasion. Some believe war is imminent, but the sheer size of these Chinese sorties has many concerned that there may be a miscalculation that could escalate into a major conflict and possibly involve the US, Japan, the UK and Australia. can.

China claims Taiwan and controlling the island is a key component of Beijing’s political and military thinking. Over the weekend, leader Xi Jinping re-emphasised “the reunification of the nation must be felt, and will certainly be felt” – a goal more realistic with massive reforms in China’s armed forces over the past two decades. has been made.

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Taiwan recently announced new investments in its military. President Tsai Ing-wen said the purpose of the funds is to “demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told CNBC at an energy conference on Wednesday that China does not need to use its military to achieve its goal with regard to Taiwan.

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“China is a very powerful economy, and in terms of purchase parity, China is now the number one economy in the world ahead of the United States,” Putin said. Network. “By increasing this economic potential, China is able to implement its national objectives. I do not see any danger.”

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