Taiwan’s top military official mentioned Thursday that Taipei will not start a kinetic war with China as tensions within the area intensify after Beijing lately launched report numbers of military plane in the direction of the island.

Chiu Kuo-cheng mentioned Taiwan “absolutely will not start a war,” in response to Reuters.

China’s latest aggression close to the island has some worldwide observers questioning if Beijing is planning an invasion. Few imagine war is imminent, however the sheer dimension of those Chinese sorties has many involved that there may very well be a miscalculation that spills over into a bigger battle and presumably embody the U.S., Japan, the U.Okay. and Australia. 

China claims Taiwan as its personal, and controlling the island is a key element of Beijing’s political and military considering. Leader Xi Jinping on the weekend once more emphasised “reunification of the nation must be realized, and will definitely be realized” — a purpose made extra real looking with large enhancements to China’s armed forces over the past 20 years.

Taiwan has lately introduced new investments into its military. President Tsai Ing-wen mentioned the cash is meant to “demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed CNBC Wednesday at an vitality convention that China doesn’t want to make use of its military to realize its purpose concerning Taiwan.

“China is a huge powerful economy, and in terms of purchasing parity, China is the economy number one in the world ahead of the United States now,” Putin mentioned, in response to the network. “By increasing this economic potential, China is capable of implementing its national objectives. I do not see any threats.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report