‘We won’t have a clue it’s coming’: Ex-army general Jim Molan’s chilling warning on a war with China
- Jim Molan says China may target US resources similarly to Pearl Harbor attack
- ‘It will be sharp, it will be fast – and we won’t have a clue that it’s coming’
- He warned Australia should be careful about what resources it commits
A former Australian army major general has warned China could attack US resources in a similar way to the infamous surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
Liberal Senator Jim Molan believes it’s possible China could achieve its twofold objective of removing American influence from the western Pacific and bringing Taiwan into its control by attacking US resources in the region.
‘Having removed America from the Western Pacific they say to Taiwan, well, Taiwan, what are you going to do now? Are you going to fight on without the Americans backing you up? Of course they’re not,’ Mr Molan told Sky News Australia.
He then went on to warn that Australia should be very careful about its commitment to the United States if such a scenario eventuated.
‘Whatever it will be that war will be high technology, it will be sharp, it will be fast – and we won’t have a clue that it’s coming,’ he said.
Jim Molan (left) says China may target US resources in a surprise attack similar to Pearl Harbor attack saying, ‘It will be sharp, it will be fast – and we won’t have a clue that it’s coming’. He also warned that Australia should be careful about what resources it commits
Taiwan is located around 130km off the coast of mainland China, where the East China Sea meets the South China Sea
Earlier this week China declared it would conduct a massive set of war games around Taiwan beginning on August 2 and lasting until August 8.
The military drills blockade the island from the outside world and intrude into its territorial waters, and involve ground, air and sea forces carrying out live fire exercises in what is the largest threat to the territory’s independence in decades.
The increased aggression from Beijing was sparked by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi – the third most senior politician in America – provocatively visiting the island on August 3.
Pelosi has been a high-profile critic of China’s human rights record for decades, and the trip was seen as cementing that legacy as she nears the end of her career.
Beijing appears to be rehearsing for an attack on the island, which President Xi Jinping vowed will ‘reunify’ it with the mainland.
Should China invade, it’s expected the US would take steps to defend Taiwan’s independence despite its official position supporting a ‘one China’ policy which does not recognise Taiwan’s sovereignty.
Taiwan is a collection of islands that sits around 130kms off the coast of southern China, where the East China Sea blends into the South China Sea.
It is home to 23 million people, and has been ruled at various times by Dutch colonisers, China’s Qing emperors, and Imperial Japan.
Chinese anti-aircraft batteries take part in military drills aimed at intimidating Taiwan
Taiwan views itself as an independent country, while China views it as a breakaway province that needs to be ‘reunified’.
The most recent crisis between Taiwan and China was in 1995 when China tried to intimidate Taiwan with a series of missile tests, provoking a huge display of military might by the US causing Beijing to ultimately backed down.
Xi Jinping (pictured) gave a speech in 2019 committing himself to ‘reunifying’ Taiwan, saying he would use force if necessary
In 2019, Xi Jinping – the current president of China – gave a speech in which he vowed to ‘reunify’ Taiwan with the mainland, calling it the ‘great trend of history’.
He opened the door to peaceful reunification but added, ‘We make no promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures.’
Xi’s remarks came amidst a huge update of the Chinese military, and after China had built bases on islands in the South China Sea and threatened US ships sailing near them.
In the years since his speech, Beijing has been taunting Taiwan by flying military jets across the Strait in increasingly large numbers.
Nancy Pelosi (left) meets with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (right) in Taipei on August 3, in a move that provoked fury in Beijing
The USA, meanwhile, has been forging new alliances in the region with the likes of India, Australia and Japan as a counter-balance to Beijing’s power.
Ms Pelosi’s visit came at a bad time for Mr Xi, who is preparing to be named president for an historic third term in the autumn and views ‘reunifying’ Taiwan as his destiny.
He has reacted with an unprecedented show of strength, making the bold and destructive claim that ‘those who play with fire will die by it’.
A Chinese Xian H-6 bomber is pictured in the skies over the Taiwan Strait, amid huge military drills that will effectively blockade the island
Any war between Taiwan and China – regardless if it involved the US – would certainly lead to bloodshed and destabilisation in the Asian region.
Taiwan is well equipped and while much smaller in size compared with China, it has been preparing for a mainland attack for decades.