China advances military exercises near Taiwan, increased possibility of confrontation
Taiwan said in a statement, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns China’s decision to increase military exercises. China’s provocation and aggression have damaged the status quo of the Taiwan Strait and increased tensions in the region.”
News Nation Bureau , Edited By : Vijay Shankar , Updated on: 08 Aug 2022, 05:29:16 PM
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China is not deterring from its grandeur. China is constantly intimidating Taiwan on the pretext of military exercises. Meanwhile, China said on Monday that it would continue military exercises around Taiwan. Meanwhile, China has raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region vital to global trade. The Chinese military has said that the exercise involving missile strikes, movement of warplanes and ships crossing the midline of the Taiwan Strait is a response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island last week. At the same time, China has ignored calls to defuse tensions and there is no immediate indication as to how long it will continue this military exercise.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns China’s decision to increase military exercises. China’s provocation and aggression have damaged the status quo of the Taiwan Strait and increased tensions in the region,” Taiwan said in a statement. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that it had detected a total of 66 aircraft and 14 warships conducting naval and aerial exercises. The island has responded by putting its military on alert and deploying ships, aircraft and other military equipment to monitor Chinese aircraft, ships and drones. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported that Taiwan’s military will conduct live-fire artillery exercises in southern Pingtung County on Tuesday and Thursday in response to Chinese exercises. Citing a source, the report said that the exercise would involve snipers, combat vehicles, armored vehicles as well as attack helicopters.
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China claims Taiwan
China lays claim to Taiwan and threatens to take it forcibly if needed. The two sides parted ways after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing regards a visit by foreign officials to Taiwan as a recognition of its sovereignty. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to “support democratic Taiwan” and “prevent any escalation of the regional security situation”. The Group of Seven industrialized nations has also criticized China’s actions, prompting Beijing to cancel a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi.
Sino-US tensions after Nancy Pelosi’s visit
At the same time, China has stopped defense and climate talks with the US after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. The Biden administration and Pelosi say the US remains committed to a one-China policy that gives Beijing formal diplomatic recognition while allowing for stronger informal ties and defense ties with Taipei. However, the US has criticized Beijing’s actions in the Taiwan Strait. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called him “fundamentally irresponsible”.
First Published : 08 Aug 2022, 05:29:16 PM
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