Following senior US politician Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taipei, Beijing has launched its largest operation aimed at the island nation in more than a quarter century.
China’s largest-ever military exercise surrounding Taiwan has begun in a show of force straddling a vital international shipping lane, after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to the island nation.
The exercises, which include live ammunition, began Thursday afternoon and have targeted Taiwan since 1995, when China launched missiles in a large-scale exercise to show its displeasure with then-President Lee Teng-hui’s visit to the island. will be the largest. America.
“From 12:00 pm today to 12:00 pm on (August) 7, the People’s Liberation Army is conducting a critical military exercise,” CCTV reported in a social media post containing a map of Taiwan.
The nationalist state-run tabloid Global Times, citing military analysts, said the exercise was “unprecedented” and that it was the first time a missile had flown over Taiwan.
Using the official name of the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army, the newspaper said, “This is the first time the People’s Liberation Army has fired live-fire long-range artillery across the Taiwan Strait.”
Taiwan’s military said it was closely monitoring unprecedented Chinese military exercises and was preparing for conflict but would not seek it.
“The ministry insists on adhering to the principle of preparing for war, not seeking war, and not escalating or provoking conflict,” the ministry of defense in Taipei said in a statement.
China’s Taiwan bureau said the punishment of pro-Taiwan independence stalwarts and outside forces was reasonable and lawful. The Taiwan-based secretariat added:
The exercise prompted G7 leaders to urge Beijing to show restraint, while ASEAN’s foreign ministers also said the situation “could lead to miscalculations, serious conflicts and unpredictable outcomes between the great powers.” It was done when I warned that there is
A senior US politician left Taiwan Wednesday morning, defying a series of increasingly harsh warnings from Beijing.
After Pelosi’s departure, Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced that 27 Chinese fighter jets had entered the island’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
Training for “actual combat”
Thursday’s training includes “long-range live fire” in the Taiwan Strait. According to coordinates released by the Chinese military, China’s exercise zone will be within 20 kilometers of Taiwan’s coastline at some points.
Sun Li-fang, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense, said some areas of China’s exercises were “intruding into (Taiwan’s) territorial waters.”
However, a Chinese military source told AFP news agency that the exercises would be conducted “in preparation for actual combat”.
“If the Taiwanese military intentionally contacts the PLA and accidentally fires its guns, the PLA will take severe countermeasures and all consequences will be borne by the Taiwanese side,” the sources warned.
Pelosi meets dissidents
Pelosi is second only to the presidency and the most high-profile elected U.S. government official to visit Taiwan for the first time in 25 years.
Before leaving Taiwan, Pelosi also met with several dissidents previously targeted by China’s wrath, including Tiananmen Square student leader Wuer Caixi.
Pelosi’s visit heightened US-China tensions more than any other member of Congress because of her position as Speaker of the House.
The last Speaker of the House to visit Taiwan was Newt Gingrich in 1997.
Beijing considers Taiwan an integral part, but Taiwan has maintained its autonomy since 1949 and maintains diplomatic relations with at least 14 countries.
Exchanges between Washington and Taipei have grown significantly since the tenure of former U.S. President Donald Trump, with visits by former and incumbents to the island of more than 25 million people. .
The United States formally recognized China in 1979, transferring diplomatic ties from Taipei to Beijing and accepting Taiwan as part of the mainland under Washington’s “One China” policy.
Source: TRTWorld and institutions
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