China pushes drills around Taiwan as relations with US plummet

In this August 4, 2022 handout, released August 5, 2022, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command air force aircraft participate in military exercises in the waters around Taiwan.via Reuters

Saturday, August 6, 2022 12:09 MYT

BEIJING, Aug. 6 — China doubles down on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and is set to continue major military exercises in the Strait today, prompting cooperation with Washington on key issues. announced to stop

Relations between the two superpowers soured sharply in the wake of Pelosi’s trip to China’s self-governing territory, China’s neighbors, which it claims to be its own, calling for an immediate easing of tensions. He urged a call from the United Nations.

And yesterday, the environment became the latest casualty of the geopolitical joust, as Beijing said it would withdraw from a series of talks and cooperation agreements with Washington.

The world’s two biggest polluters have pledged to work together to accelerate action on climate change this decade and have pledged to meet regularly to tackle the crisis.

Beijing is set to conduct its largest-ever military exercise around Taiwan today — an exercise aimed at practicing a democratic blockade and eventual invasion of the island, analysts say.

In a statement on yesterday’s exercise, the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command said, “In the waters around Taiwan Island, more than 10 destroyers and escort ships of the Eastern Theater Command navy approached from different directions and carried out containment operations. ‘ said.

And to show just how close Chinese forces are to Taiwan’s coast, the Beijing military released a video of an Air Force pilot filming the island’s coastline and mountains from his cockpit overnight.

China’s state broadcaster CCTV reported that a Chinese missile flew over Taiwan during the exercise.

But Taipei remains defiant and insists it will not bow to its “evil neighbors,” yesterday when 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships crossed the “median line” down the Taiwan Strait. Reported to have passed.

“Punish the whole world”

The scale and intensity of China’s military exercises have sparked outrage in the United States and other democracies, with the White House summoning China’s ambassador to Washington yesterday to condemn Beijing’s actions.

And Beijing’s decision to withdraw from its hard-won cooperation on climate change is now sparking wider fears about the future of the planet.

“It’s clearly worrying and causing concern,” Alden Meyer, a senior associate at E3G, a think tank focused on climate issues, told AFP.

“It is impossible to address the climate emergency without action by the world’s first and second largest economies and the first and second largest emitters,” he said.

“And it’s always preferable that they do it together.” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington that the decision was “fundamentally irresponsible.” said. “The climate crisis doesn’t recognize geographic boundaries or borders, so they’re actually punishing the whole world,” Kirby said.

“The world’s largest emitters are now refusing to engage in the critical steps needed to combat the climate crisis.” I warned you that you must continue.

“For the Secretary-General, there is no way to solve the most pressing problems around the world without effective dialogue and cooperation between our two countries,” said his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

“New Normal”

But with tensions over Taiwan at their highest level in nearly three decades and the risk of military conflict rising, experts told AFP the recent deterioration in relations between the two superpowers was serious and long-lasting. said it was possible.

“Right now, the relationship is really bad,” said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the German Marshall Fund.

She said the suspension of bilateral military and maritime dialogue yesterday was “particularly concerning” while China continued its military exercises.

“I don’t know what else they do,” she said. “I don’t know if this is just temporary,” former CIA Asia analyst John Culver told a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, saying that the main purpose of Beijing’s military exercises is to change the status quo. said.

“I think this is the new normal,” Culver said.

“The Chinese want to show that the speaker’s visit has crossed the line.”—AFP China pushes drills around Taiwan as relations with US plummet

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