For Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the conquest of Taiwan is crucial in achieving their larger ambition of controlling our solar system. By gaining control of Taiwan, the CCP will be able to dominate the First Island Chain and neutralize the Philippines, reducing the threat to the People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force’s space base, the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center.
The Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, located on Hainan Island, will play a vital role in China’s space program. Satellite and manned space launches from the Jiuquan and Xichang Satellite Launch Centers often pass close to Taiwan, posing a serious threat to the PLA. However, Wenchang is essential for China to realize its ambitions on the Moon and beyond.
To win the Taiwan War, the PLA Strategic Support Force will engage in battles in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and higher Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO). They will employ ground-based mobile lasers, anti-satellite interceptor missiles, satellite combat platforms, and potentially the Tiangong manned space station to target optical surveillance, radar surveillance, and communication satellites in LEO. In GEO, they will target US early warning and navigation satellites.
In addition to controlling LEO and GEO, the PLA also aims to establish dominance in Cislunar Space, the region between the Earth and the Moon. Chinese space officials have emphasized that the Long March-10 (LM-10) space launch vehicle, expected to begin testing in 2026, will pave the way for a manned mission to the Moon by 2029. This mission will consist of two LM-10s, with one carrying a new-designed manned capsule for the journey to the Moon and back, and the other launching a manned Moon Lander for docking purposes.
In summary, China’s military conquest of Taiwan is not only motivated by regional dominance but also by the CCP’s grand plan for space exploration and control. By gaining control over Taiwan, establishing a powerful presence on the Moon, and ultimately commanding our solar system, China aims to solidify its position as a global superpower.