Just a couple of days ago, Shenzhen authorities issued an alert for emergency supplies. The “Shenzhen Family Emergency Material Reserve List” which was issued by Shenzhen Municipal Emergency Management Bureau, divided supplies into two categories, the “basic version” and the “expanded version”. The basic version includes things like flash lights, whistles, fire extinguishers, masks, medicines, etc. The extended version includes things like emergency tools, daily necessities, etc.
The announcement comes just two days after Xi Jinping visited PLA Navy Marine Corps in Chaozhou, which is along the Taiwan Strait, to carry out an inspection. After Jinping left, the alert was put out for residents in Shenzhen. Jinping called the Marine Corps an “elite amphibious combat force that shoulders important responsibilities in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, safeguarding national maritime rights and interests, and safeguarding national overseas interests.”
The timing between Jinping’s visit to Chaozhou, and the emergency supplies announcement from Shenzhen has led many to speculate that China could make a push for Taiwan. According to Apple Daily, a news outlet in Hong Kong, residents have speculated whether or not there was going to be a war. A merchant in Guangdong, Wang Aizhong, speculated that the announcement could be a tactic used by China to create an “intense atmosphere” to intimidate Taiwan.
China has recently stepped up military activities around Taiwan, dispatching 1,710 fighters into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the first nine months of 2020. Ministry of National Defense for Taiwan states that since January of this year, they have been forced to send 4,132 emergency sorties to intercept Chinese fighters that enter into the countries ADIZ, which is an increase of 129%.
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