China resumes military maneuvers around Taiwan

The China relaunches its military maneuvers around Taïwan

Chinese news agency Xinhua published this photo of a pilot from the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People's Liberation Army on August 7, during a first round of military exercises launched by Beijing.

China announced Monday that it has organized new military exercises around Taiwan, where five American parliamentarians are visiting, two weeks after the arrival of Nancy Pelosi who had already angered Beijing.

The People's Liberation Army has held a joint combat readiness patrol and combat drills in the sea and airspace around Taiwan, the Chinese military's Eastern Command said Monday.

The unannounced US delegation arrived in Taipei on Sunday night and was due to meet the island's President, Tsai Ing-wen , Monday, before a reception organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

China will take firm and forceful measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, spokesman for Chinese diplomacy Wang Wenbin told reporters on Monday.

The displacement of two days focuses on trade, regional security and climate change, according to the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto Embassy of the United States in the ;island.

The American delegation (Alan Lowenthal, John Garamendi, Ed Markey, Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, Don Beyer) is accompanied by Taiwanese politician Joseph Wu.

It comes less than two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island claimed by Chinese authorities.

China then reacted angrily and launched the largest military maneuvers in its history around Taiwan. For five days, the military deployed warships, missiles and fighter jets, simulating a blockade of the island.

Taipei accused China of x27;having used Mrs. Pelosi's visit as an excuse to practice an invasion. In response, the United States reaffirmed its commitment to the region.

Monday's new maneuvers are a solemn deterrent against the United States and Taiwan undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Army Eastern Command spokesman Shi Yi said in a statement. .

The army is training and preparing for combat, the spokesman said, using a vocabulary already used by Beijing.

The US delegation is made up of Senator Ed Markey (Massachusetts, Democrat) and Representatives Alan Lowenthal (California, Democrat), John Garamendi (California, Democrat), Don Beyer (Virginia, Democrat), and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen ( Samoa, Republican).

Taipei wants the status quo and stability in the Taiwan Strait as well as in Asia-Pacific, they told leader Tsai Ing-wen, according to a statement from the island's presidency.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine shows the threat authoritarian states pose to the world order, Tsai said, while thanking Washington for its support in the face of Chinese threats.

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China considers Taiwan, with a population of around 23 million, to be one of its provinces, which it does not have yet managed to reunite with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.

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

US officials visit this area frequently. island, but China had deemed the visit of Ms. Pelosi, the highest US official to visit the island in decades, to be a major provocation.

Face to the maneuvers launched by Beijing in retaliation, Taiwan had organized its own exercises simulating the organization of its defense against a Chinese invasion.

Beijing did not put an end to her drills only after she reiterated her threats to Taipei and said she would continue to patrol the Taiwan Strait.

In its daily update, the Taiwanese Ministry of the Defense claimed on Sunday to have detected 22 Chinese planes and 6 ships operating near the strait. Eleven of the planes passed the median line, an unofficial demarcation between Taiwan and China that Beijing does not recognize.

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