China plans to take Taiwan by 2025, Okinawa by 2045: Fmr Japan Air Force Commander

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In a recent interview, former Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Air Support Commander, Orita Kunio (織田邦男), offers a warning and a bleak outlook for the Indo-Pacific region over the coming decades.

Orita says that China’s national strategy is one of continued expansion, with an aim of establishing absolute regional hegemony, beginning with a plan to invade and annex Taiwan between 2020 and 2025, and eventually Okinawa as well.

But, according to Orita, China’s plans don’t stop there. Between 2025 and 2040, he says Beijing plans to consolidate its control over the South China Sea.

If Beijing can expel the U.S. from the region, then shipping lanes through all of East Asia will be under the control of Beijing allowing China to potentially cut off vital food and energy supply lines to Japan, says Orita.

The former JASDF officer says the first step in expelling the U.S. from the region will be to invade the Scarborough Shoal and establish a naval outpost there. Ships coming from the Western Pacific will be forced to contend with a Chinese naval fleet that will meet them upon entry into the South China Sea.

If Taiwan has been conquered, and the Philippines are under pressure and threat to accept Chinese hegemony, then once a base on the Scarborough Shoal has been established, foreign navies will only have access to the South China Sea via southern routes of entry.

Orita declares dramatically that Chinese seizure of the Scarborough shoal will be “game over” for Japan, and U.S. power in the region.

This is because once absolute control over Taiwan and the sea lanes of the Indo-Pacific have been established, Beijing will be able to project power, including the threat of nuclear attack across the Pacific Ocean, imperiling U.S. possessions, the state of Hawaii, and even the west coast of the continental U.S.

If China is capable of securing complete control of the South China Sea before 2040, the Orita argues that China’s next target for territorial expansion will be Okinawa and nearby island chains.

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