Fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis
Taiwan Strait.png
Taiwan Strait
Date November 2, 2012 - May 10, 2013

(6 months, 8 days)

Location Taiwan Strait
Result Status quo antebellum; both sides withdrew to deal with Solanum virus cases in both countries during the Great Panic
Belligerents
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan
Flag of the United States.svg United States
(naval and air support)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Commanders and leaders
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Commander-in-Chief Flag of the Republic of China.svg Ma Jing-jeou

Flag of the Republic of China.svg Kao Hua-chu
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lin Chen-yi
(until January 16, 2013)
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Yen Ming
(from January 16, 2013 onwards)
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the President of the United States of America.svg President of the United States
Flag of the United States.svg USSecDefflag.svg Chuck Hagel
Flag of the United States.svg Samuel J. Locklear III

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Hu Jintao
(until March 14, 2013)

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Wen Jiabao
(until March 15, 2013)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xi Jinping
(from March 14, 2013 onwards)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Keqiang
(from March 15, 2013 onwards)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Liang Guanglie
(until March 16, 2013)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Chang Wanquan
(from March 16, 2013 onwards)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Captain Chen
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Xu Zhicai

Units involved
Flag of the Republic of China.svg ROC Armed Forces

Naval Jack of the United States.svg United States Navy
Military service mark of the United States Air Force.png United States Air Force

People's Liberation Army Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg People's Liberation Army
Strength
Flag of the Republic of China.svg Taiwan:

Kee Ling-class destroyer, Cheng Kung-class frigate, Kang Ding-class frigate, Chi-Yang-class frigate, Chieng Lung-class diesel-electric submarine, P-3C Orion, F-5 Tiger, F-CK-1C, F-16A/V Fighting Falcon, MIM-104 Patriot PAC-2, MIM-23 HAWK, etc. (see Units Involved below for full list)
Flag of the United States.svg United States:
Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ship, Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock, Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, F/A-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor, B-52H, B-1B, B-2, etc. (see Units Involved below for full list)

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China:

Liaoning-class aircraft carrier, Type 094 submarine, Type 092 submarine, Type 093 submarine, Type 51 destroyer, Type 52 destroyer, Type 054 frigate, H-6K, JH-7, J-8, J-10, J-11, KH-2000, DF-15, DF-21, DF-4, DF-5, etc. (see Units Involved below for full list)

The Fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis, also called the 2012-2013 Taiwan Strait Crisis, resulted from the People's Republic of China mobilizing for an invasion of Taiwan as a front to cover-up internal Solanum outbreaks within the mainland. In beginning days of November 2012, the People's Liberation Army began a massive exercise in the Guangdong Province, meant to simulate an amphibious assault on Taiwan. This was followed by ballistic missiles strikes and huge naval and aerial formations over the Straits of Taiwan. Following the massive Chinese exercise, Taiwanese President Ma Jing-yeo declared a state-of-emergency throughout Taiwan. The entirety of the ROC Armed Forces were mobilized for the first time since the 1995-1996 Strait Crisis including reservists while civil-defense plans were being enacted. At the same time, this was done to prepare Taiwan to handle the upcoming Solanum outbreak which was spreading into China's neighboring countries.

Despite the show of force, there were no casualties from the crisis. Only naval and air incursions occurred over Taiwan's EEZ, which were promptly escorted into international waters or airspace by the ROC Armed Forces.

It was notable the crisis began at the same week the United States would have its presidential elections. This caused international media sensation as the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet was deployed to the region to assist in the defense of Taiwan.

After six months of tensions, the crisis abruptly ended as the Great Panic began and the international community realized the seriousness of the Solanum Virus and the uselessness of the Phalanx vaccine against the virus. Both sides immediately withdrew their forces to combat the hordes of zombies. Ironically, Taiwan outlasted China in handling the virus, becoming one of the few East Asian states that effectively combated Solanum as it only lost 10% of its population and territory from the zombies.

Background

South China Sea tensions

See also: Scarborough Shoal standoff

Tensions in the South China Sea began on April 8, 2012 when the China Marine Surveillance blocked the Philippine Navy from arresting Chinese fishermen that were illegally harvesting sharks, clams, and corals in the Scarborough Shoal. For two months, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar faced off with Chinese ships until an agreement was made to withdraw. However, China did not follow the agreement and promptly seized the shoal after the Philippine Navy withdrew. As a result, diplomatic relations with the Philippines and China soured. There were reports of website hackings on both sides while protests erupted on the Chinese Embassy in Manila. While the United States affirmed it would not take sides of the dispute, the country has affirmed that the 1951 Mutual Defense Agreement is still in effect.

East China Sea tensions

See also: Senkaku Islands dispute

In September 2012, relations between China and Japan soured after China Marine Surveillance ships nearly collided with Japan Coast Guard ships near the Senkaku Islands (Chinese: Diayou Islands). The Chinese claim the part of the islands as their territory since ancient times. Japan had similar confrontations with Taiwan prior to engaging the Chinese vessels. Japan finalized the deal to purchase the islands the same month, angering China and Taiwan. Meanwhile, the United States affirmed that it would defend Japan in an event of foreign aggression. This resulted in massive anti-Japanese sentiment in China, fueled by memories of Japanese atrocities during World War II. Japanese restaurants and car showrooms were attacked by angry Chinese citizens. Japan would later advice any Japanese nationals in China to evacuate,

Solanum Outbreak In China

Unknowingly to the international community, a new rabid-like virus was occurring in China as tensions in the South China Sea and the East China Sea was ongoing. Various video leaks showed aggressive people attacking others while men in suits and paramilitary outfits attempt to restrain them and round them up in unmarked vans. China would officially state that the CCP was doing a "massive round-up of dissidents". Chinese state media such as CCTV, The Global Times, The People's Daily, and Xinhua News would cover up such outbreaks. Unknown to the Chinese, several intelligence agencies such as the CIA, MI6, DGSE, Mossad, and the FSB were aware that these dissidents were infected with the Solanum Virus and were in-fact a biohazard to human lives. Countries such as Israel prepared building a massive wall around the country while the United States and the United Kingdom would prepare their covert operations in combating the Infected across third-world nations in the world.

Knowing that the story of the Infected would eventually leak out, the People's Liberation Army began a massive mobilization of its ground forces and naval fleet not seen since the 1995-96 Taiwan Strait Crisis. The fleet would be lead by the new Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning, which was newly commissioned on September 25, 2012.

2012 United States Presidential Elections

See also: 2012 United States presidential elections

The Fourth Taiwan Strait crisis began just four days before the United States held its presidential elections. During the elections, the Big Three Networks (CBS, NBC, ABC) along with CNN were mainly covering the election night while during breaks, the current Taiwan situation would be covered. The ratings for all networks were high as it cover both stories simultaneously. Candidates for the Democrats and the Republicans were asked how they would deal with the current crisis in the Straits. The Democrats won reelection into the White House, which was now focused on renewed arms sales to Taiwan.

The Crisis Begins

First rounds

Change of Chinese Leadership

United States response

Aftermath

Units Involved

Republic of China Armed Forces

Republic of China Navy

  • 4 x Kee Ling-class destroyer (USN Kidd-class destroyer)
    • ROCS Tso Ying (DDG-1803)
    • ROCS Su Ao (DDG-1802)
    • ROCS Kee Lung (DDG-1801)
    • ROCS Ma Kong (DDG-1805)
  • 10 x Cheng Kung-class frigate (USN Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate)
    • ROCS Cheng Kung (PFG2-1101)
    • ROCS Cheng Ho (PFG2-1103)
    • ROCS Chi Kuang (PFG2-1105)
    • ROCS Yueh Fei (PFG2-1106)
    • ROCS Tzu I (PFG2-1108)
    • ROCS Pan Chao (PFG2-1108)
    • ROCS Chang Chien (PFG2-1109)
    • ROCS Tian Dan (PFG2-1110)
    • ROCS Ming Chuan (PFG-1112)
    • ROCS Feng Jia (PFG-1115)
  • 6 x Kang Ding-class frigate (French Lafayette-class frigate)
    • ROCS Kang Ding (FFG-1202)
    • ROCS Si Ning (FFG-1203)
    • ROCS Wu Chang (FFG-1205)
    • ROCS Di Hua (FFG-1206)
    • ROCS Kun Ming (FFG-1207)
    • ROCS Chen De (FFG-1208)
  • 6 x Chi Yang-class frigate (USN Knox-class frigate)
    • ROCS Kang Ding (FFG-1202)
    • ROCS Si Ning (FFG-1203)
    • ROCS Wu Chang (FFG-1205)
    • ROCS Di Hua (FFG-1206)
    • ROCS Kun Ming (FFG-1207)
    • ROCS Chen De (FFG-1208)
  • 31 x Kuang Hua VI-class fast attack missile craft
  • 11 x Ching Chiang-class patrol ship
    • ROCS Ching Chiang (PG-603)
    • ROCS Dan Chiang (PG-605)
    • ROCS Feng Chiang (PG-607)
    • ROCS Tzeng Chiang (PG-608)
    • ROCS Kao Chiang (PG-609)
    • ROCS Jin Chiang (PG-610)
    • ROCS Hsiang Chiang (PG-611)
    • ROCS Tze Chiang (PG-612)
    • ROCS Po Chiang (PG-614)
    • ROCS Chang Chiang (PG-615)
    • ROCS Chu Chiang (PG-617)
  • 4 x Yung Feng-class minesweeper
    • ROCS Yung Feng (MHC-1301)
    • ROCS Yung Chia (MHC-1302)
    • ROCS Yung Nien (MHC-1303)
    • ROCS Yung Shun (MHC-1305)
  • 4 x Yung Yang-class minesweeper
    • ROCS Yung Yang (MSO-1306)
    • ROCS Yung Tzu (MSO-1307)
    • ROCS Yung Ku (MSO-1308)
    • ROCS Yung Teh (MSO-1309)
  • 2 x Yung Ching-class minesweeper (USN Osprey-class minesweeper)
    • ROCS Yung Jin (MHC-1310)
    • ROCS Yung An (MHC-1311)
  • 2 x Newport-class tank landing ship
    • ROCS Chung Ho (LST-232)
    • ROCS Chung Ping (LST-233)
  • 5 x Chung Hai-class tank landing ship
    • ROCS Chung Chiang (LST-205)
    • ROCS Chung Shing (LST-208)
    • ROCS Chung Chih (LST-218)
    • ROCS Chung Ming (LST-227)
    • ROCS Chung Ye (LST-231)
  • 1 x Kaohsiung-class tank landing ship (USN LST-542-class tank landing ship)
    • ROCS Kao Hsiung (LCC-1)
  • 1 x Hsu-Hai-class dock landing ship (USN Anchorage-class LSD)
    • ROCS Hsu Hai (LSF-1)
  • 2 x Chieng Lung-class diesel-electric submarine (Dutch Zwaardvis-class submarine)
    • ROCS Hai Lung (SS-793)
    • ROCS Hai Hu (SS-794)
  • 2 x Hai Shih-class diesel-electric submarine (USN Tench-class submarine)
    • ROCS Hai Shih (SS-791)
    • ROCS Hai Bao (SS-792)
  • 1 x Pan-Shi-class fast combat support ship
    • ROCS Pan Shi (AOE-532)
  • 1 x Wu Yi-class fast combat support ship
    • ROCS Wu Yi (AOE-530)
  • 1 x Ta Kuan-class research ship
    • ROCS Ta Kuan (AGS-1601)
  • 2 x Ta Hu-class rescue and salvage ship
    • ROCS Ta Hu (ARS-552)
    • ROCS Ta Twen (ARS-556)
  • 5 x Ta Tung-class fleet tug
    • ROCS ATF-551
    • ROCS ATF-553
    • ROCS ATF-554
    • ROCS ATF-555
    • ROCS ATF-563

Naval aviation:

  • 12 x P-3C Orion
  • 3 x EP-3E Orion
  • 26 x NCSIST Albatross recon UAV
  • 19 x S-70 Thunderhawk ASW helicopter
  • 9 x MD-500 Defender ASW helicopter

Republic of China Army

  • 130,000 personnel
  • 460 x M60A3
  • 450 x CM-11 Brave Tiger (M48H)
  • 100 x CM-12 (M48A3)
  • 50 x M48A3 Patton
  • 100 x M41 Walker Bulldog
  • 414 x CM-32 Clouded Leopard
  • 1000 x CM-21
  • 300 x V-150S Commando
  • 7,000 x HMMWV
  • 22 x M3 Amphibious Rig
  • 60 x M110A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer
  • 197 x M109A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer
  • 28 x M109A5 Self-Propelled Howitzer
  • 30 x M1 Fixed/Towed Howitzer
  • 90 x M115 Tower Howitzer
  • 390 x M59 Long Tom Tower Howitzer
  • 50 x M712 Copperhead
  • 43 x Thunderbolt-2000 Wheeled MRLS
  • 72 x Kung Feng VI Wheeled MRLS
  • 30 x AH-64E Apache
  • 61 x AH-1W SuperCobra
  • 39 x OH-58D Kiowa
  • 50 x OH-6A Cayuse
  • 30 x Bell TH-67A Creek
  • 9 x CH-47SD Chinook
  • 60 x UH-60M Black Hawk
  • 35 x NCSIST Albatross
  • 40 x MIM-72/M48 Chaparral
  • 30 x Antelope air defense system
  • 74 x M-1097 Avenger

Republic of China Air Force

  • 25 x F-5E/RF-5E
  • 103 x F-CK-1C
  • 46 x Dassault Mirage 2000-5E1
  • 115 x F-16A/V Fighting Falcon
  • 6 x E-2K Hawkeye
  • 12 x P-3C Orion
  • 2 x Beech 1900 recon planes

Air Defenses:

  • 7 x MIM-104 Patriot (PAC-2)
  • 6 x Tien Kung II (Sky Bow I)
  • 19 x MIM-23 HAWK
  • 24 x Skygard towed anti-aircraft gun

Republic of China Coast Guard

United States Armed Forces

United States Navy

  • 2 x Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
    • USS George Washington (CVN-73)
    • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76)
  • 1 x Wasp-class amphibious assault vehicle
    • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)
  • 1 x Blue Ridge-class amphibious command center
    • USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)
  • 2 x Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock
    • USS Germantown (LSD-43)
    • USS Ashland (LSD-48)
  • 2 x Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer
    • USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54)
    • USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60)
  • 1 x Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser
    • USS Shiloh (CG-67)
  • 1 x Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine
    • USS Chicago (SSN-721)
  • 4 x P-3C Orion
  • 5 x EP-3E Orion
  • ScanEagle UAV
  • ~40-80 x F/A-18C/D/E Hornet
  • ~40-80 x E/A-18 Growler
  • 6 x E-2C Hawkeye
  • ~20 MH-60 Seahawk

United States Air Force

  • 10 x F-22A Raptor
  • 2 x B-52H Stratofortress
  • 3 x B-1B Lancer
  • 1 x B-2A Spirit
  • 8 x MQ-9 Reaper

People's Liberation Army

People's Liberation Army Navy

People's Liberation Army Air Force

Second Artillery Corps

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