China continues military exercises near Taiwan

The China continues its military exercises near Taiwan

The Chinese army has conducted in recent days, around Taiwan, the largest military exercises in its history in this area, sending fighter jets, warships, drones and firing ballistic missiles.

Despite calls from the West and Japan, China announced on Monday the continuation of military exercises near Taiwan in response to Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island claimed by Beijing.

Following the departure from Taipei of Ms. Pelosi, number three American and speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chinese army had launched extensive live-fire maneuvers on Thursday in six large areas all around Taiwan.

These exercises, at least in this configuration, were to end on Sunday noon 4 a.m. (UTC) according to the Chinese maritime security administration. They were intended to train for a blockade of the island, according to official Chinese media. But maneuvers continue.

The People's Liberation Army […] continues to conduct practical joint exercises in the sea and air space around Taiwan, focusing on joint anti-submarine and assault operations in sea, the Chinese army's eastern command said in a statement on Monday.

He did not specify in which areas these maneuvers are taking place, or whether they are live fire or not.

The Chinese army has conducted in recent days around Taiwan the largest military exercises in its history in this area, sending fighter jets, warships, drones and firing ballistic missiles.

By their scale, they have drawn criticism from the heads of diplomacy of the G7 [United States, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, United Kingdom], who considered that it was not x27; there was no justification for these aggressive maneuvers.

After China suspended a series of Sino-American talks and cooperation, including on climate change, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the Chinese response grossly disproportionate.

Due to their scale, China's military exercises have drawn criticism from G7 foreign policy chiefs, including Canada and the United States. (archives)

Along with his Japanese and Australian counterparts, Mr. Blinken also issued a statement calling on China to stop its military exercises.

Questioned on Monday, Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, did not formally confirm the holding of new exercises, but stressed that Beijing's reaction was legitimate, rational and legal.

This is a warning to troublemakers as well as a lesson to supporters of Taiwan independence, he said during a regular press briefing. , advocating transparent and professional military maneuvers.

“We call on the United States to do some soul-searching and rectify its mistake as soon as possible […] and to stop playing the Taiwan card in order to hinder [the development of] China .

— Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson

According to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, ballistic missiles flew over Taiwan this week, which would constitute a first.

To prove how close it had come to the Taiwanese shores, the Chinese military released a photo at the end of the week it said it had taken from one of its warships, where the #x27;a Taiwanese navy building is seen just a few hundred meters away.

Taiwan will hold live ammunition military exercises this week simulating a defense of the island against a Chinese invasion, officials said Monday, as Beijing conducts new drills around the island.

We will practice countering simulated enemy attacks on Taiwan, Eighth Army Corps spokesman Lou Woei-jye said.

Army Forces The island will train to deal with landings on Tuesday and Thursday in the far southern Pingtung area, the Taiwanese military said.

Several hundred soldiers and about 40 howitzers will be deployed for these exercises, according to the same source.

The democratic and self-governing island lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees its neighbor as part of its territory to be reclaimed one day, by force if necessary.

Mr. Woei-jye indicated that the Taiwanese exercises were already scheduled and that it was not a response to the ongoing Chinese exercises.

A Taiwanese Defense aircraft flies over the island's airspace following military maneuvers by China.

The island regularly holds military exercises simulating an invasion China and trained last month to repel attacks from the sea during a joint interception operation, as part of its largest annual exercises.

Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said on Sunday that China's brutal use of military force is undermining regional peace and stability.

Opposed to any initiative giving the Taiwanese authorities international legitimacy, Beijing is strongly opposed to any official contact between Taiwan and other countries.

US officials make frequent visits to this island, but China judges that the visit of Mrs. Pelosi, one of the highest figures in the American state, was was a major provocation.

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