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Fourth Taiwan Strait Crisis
Taiwan Strait.png
Taiwan Strait
Date November 2, 2012 - May 10, 2013
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
  • ROC Navy
  • ROC Army
  • ROC Air Force
  • ROC Coast Guard

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

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.