China keeps pressure on Taiwan with fourth day of military drills


By PA STI (Update)

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While China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said the drills focused on testing its long-range air and ground strikes, Taiwan said it continued to detect multiple batches of aircraft, ships and Chinese drones operating around the Taiwan Strait.

China said on Sunday it had carried out its fourth consecutive day of military exercises in the air and at sea around Taiwan following the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the autonomous island, despite international calls to calm tensions.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said the exercises were aimed at testing its long-range air and ground strikes. He did not say whether he would continue the exercises after Sunday.

Taiwan said it continues to detect several batches of Chinese planes, ships and drones operating around the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China, and simulating attacks on the island of Taiwan and our countries. ships at sea.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported that the Taiwanese military will conduct live-fire artillery drills in southern Pingtung County on Tuesday and Thursday in response to Chinese drills.

The drills will include snipers, combat vehicles, armored vehicles as well as attack helicopters, the report said, citing an unnamed source.

China claims Taiwan and has threatened to annex it by force if necessary. The two sides parted ways in 1949 after a civil war, but Beijing views visits to Taiwan by foreign officials as recognition of its sovereignty.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said its military is monitoring the situation and has sent planes and ships to respond accordingly.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to support democratic Taiwan and stop any escalation of the regional security situation.

So far, China has carried out missile strikes on targets in the seas around Taiwan and sent warships across the middle line of the Taiwan Strait. He also halted defense and climate talks with the United States and imposed sanctions on Pelosi in retaliation for his visit.
The Biden administration and Pelosi say the United States remains committed to the one-China policy that recognizes Beijing as the legitimate government but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei.

The United States, however, has criticized Beijing’s actions in the Taiwan Strait, with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre calling them fundamentally irresponsible.

There is no need and no reason for this escalation, said Jean-Pierre.

Singapore’s National Security Coordination Minister Teo Chee Hean said in a Facebook post on Saturday that US-China tensions over Taiwan is an issue that can lead to conflict and war to the detriment of all parties involved, especially the people of Taiwan.

“Tensions are having a negative impact on Southeast Asia,” Teo said, adding, “We hope wisdom will prevail.


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