When you have weak leadership, your enemies will become more bold.
Chinese state media outlet Global Times threatened the U.S. in an editorial on Tuesday by saying that if there are U.S. troops on the island country of Taiwan, “China will crush them by force.”
The threat comes after Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent out a now-deleted tweet in which he incorrectly claimed that 30,000 U.S. soldiers are stationed in Taiwan. Cornyn sent out a subsequent tweet in which he clarified his point by saying that “numbers indicate we had achieved stability with relatively small troop exposure.”
No US deaths in Afghanistan in last 1.5 years (from news report today)— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) August 16, 2021
The numbers indicate we had achieved stability with relatively small troop exposure, and a good recent track record without casualties.
The Global Times editorial was in response to Cornyn’s initial tweet, and in no uncertain terms, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda outlet responded defensively.
“If that [what Cornyn tweeted] is true, the Chinese government and the Chinese people will never accept it,” the Global Times wrote. “It is believed that China will immediately put the Anti-Secession Law into use, destroy and expel US troops in Taiwan by military means, and at the same time realize reunification by force.”
While later in the piece the Global Times acknowledged that Cornyn’s could’ve simply been “mistaken” in his initial tweet, the outlet took their threats one step further and equated such a possible presence on what they consider “the Taiwan Province of China” as “an act of declaring war on the People’s Republic of China.”
The US stationing troops in the Taiwan island severely violates the agreements signed when China and the US established their diplomatic ties as well as all political documents between the two countries. It also critically runs counter to international law and even US domestic law. It is equivalent to a military invasion and occupation of the Taiwan Province of China. It is an act of declaring war on the People's Republic of China.
The editorial also stated that they demand an “immediate explanation” for Cornyn’s tweet, along with demanding an “apology” should any number of U.S. troops be stationed on Taiwan, as it “crosses China’s red-line.”
The U.S. might currently have weak leadership that endangers Americans both home and abroad, but at least there’s no more “mean tweets.” (That’s sarcasm for those playing the home game.)