China news: Leaked audio ‘reveals’ Taiwan ‘invasion plot’ as generals ‘prepare 140,000 troops’ | World | News

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The audio is from top-secret conversations between military commanders and describes invasion plans involving 140,000 troops, it is reported. The file released by Lude Media is said to be a meeting of Chinese Communist Party leaders discussing putting parts of China on a war base in preparation for a “final” battle for control of Taiwan and the South China Sea.

The audio and a photo taken secretly were published on Lude Media by a US-based Chinese exile who said the recording had been leaked to them by senior members of the military.

It is alleged that they did it because they were concerned about the increasing Chinese aggression on Taiwan.

One speaker is quoted as saying in an English translation: “We will not hesitate to go to war, destroy Taiwan’s independence and the plots of strong enemies, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

They add: “United, we will be as solid as a fortress. We must ensure the supplies and the strategic victory.”

Tensions are rising over Taiwan (Image: Getty)

Freshmen undergo military training at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Freshmen undergo military training at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (Image: Getty)

express.co.uk has not been able to independently verify the recording or translation.

Among those expected to attend the meeting is General Zhou He, who is commander of the Guangdong military region.

The translated transcript of the alleged meeting also includes a discussion of a proposed mobilization around Guangdong, which is west of Taiwan.

It says 140,000 personnel, 953 ships and 1,653 sets of “unmanned equipment” would be put into action.

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A soldier performs a fire-breathing exercise in a supine position in Jiangsu Province

A soldier conducts a fire drill in Jiangsu Province (Image: Getty)

A standard rocket is launched into the sky from a Cheng Kung-class frigate during a military rehearsal

A missile is launched from a Cheng Kung-class frigate during a military exercise near Taiwan (Image: Getty)

A total of sixty-four 10,000-ton roll-on/roll-off ships, 38 aircraft, 588 rail cars and 19 civilian facilities, including airports and docks, are also cited in the transcript.

Taiwan is a thriving democracy, but Beijing considers the island its own territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under its control.

China launched its third aircraft carrier, called Fujian, to the province facing Taiwan on Friday.

A senior Taiwanese official familiar with the island’s security plans told Reuters news agency that with the new airline, China expressed its ambition to project its power far into the Pacific Ocean to the region.

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The largest armies in the world (Image: Express)

This month, the defense chiefs of China and the US held face-to-face talks for the first time, with both sides standing firm for their opposing views on Taiwan’s right to self-government.

Early this month, the Chinese military announced it had conducted a combat readiness patrol in the seas and airspace around Taiwan.

It said the patrol was a necessary action in response to “collusion” between Washington and Taipei.

US President Joe Biden infuriated Beijing by appearing to be changing a US policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan, saying the United States would become militarily involved if China attacked the island.

Taiwan Army AH-1W helicopter launches missiles targeting a fake enemy during an anti-landing exercise in Yilan

A Taiwanese Army AH-1W helicopter launches missiles during an anti-landing exercise in 2006 (Image: Getty)

China’s Commerce Ministry has also said it “firmly” opposes the launch of a trade initiative between the US and Taiwan.

Beijing’s fighter jets continue to buzz Taiwan in an obvious provocation toward the island.

The US on Tuesday backed Taiwan’s claim that the strait separating the island from mainland China is an international waterway.

It was a further rejection of Beijing’s claim to sovereignty over the strategic passage.

The Taiwan Strait has been a frequent source of military tension since the defeated government of the Republic of China fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the communists who founded the People’s Republic of China.

In recent years, US warships from allied countries, including Britain and Canada, have sailed through the strait, provoking Beijing’s ire.

China’s foreign ministry said Monday that the country has “sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Taiwan Strait”.

It called it “a false claim when certain countries refer to the Taiwan Strait as ‘international waters’.”

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