The Chinese army announced the completion of tasks near Taiwan and the intention to conduct exercises in the future The combat readiness check of Chinese troops near Taiwan was successful, the military personnel will continue to monitor the development of the situation around the island and will continue the exercises, the PLA said. US and Taiwan accuse China of escalation “(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The tasks of military exercises in the sea and air space near Taiwan have been completed, the integration of forces and the combat effectiveness of the armed forces have been verified, Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the command of the Eastern Theater of Operations, said, according to the Guancha portal.
“The troops will monitor the situation in Taiwan Strait, continue combat exercises and training, regularly organize combat duty in the Taiwan Strait, resolutely uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity,— said in the message.
The Ministry of National Defense of China called the last exercises “a series of countermeasures” that became a “serious shock and deterrent” for supporters of Taiwan independence. Department spokesman Tang Kefei added that Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen-yi, the DPP leadership rely on recognition from abroad, but will be “pilotoriously pilloried” because of the consequences.
Taiwan (Republic of China) declared in 1949 its independence from China after the defeat of the Kuomintang in the civil war against the troops of Mao Zedong. In Beijing, the island is considered a province of China
China announced the start of large-scale military exercises with firing near Taiwan in response to a visit to the island by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in early August. She called the political situation in Taiwan democratic, “bright and dynamic.” In China, they said that the exercises would end on Sunday, August 7. The day before. on the evening of August 6, another maneuver was announced in Beijing, which will last until August 15 in the southern part of the Yellow Sea.
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The Chinese authorities allow the use of force to seize Taiwan, arguing that the island's power relies on the support of “outside forces”, but the proportion of supporters of sovereignty among its inhabitants is small. Beijing stressed that it sincerely wants a peaceful “reunification”, but if “outside forces” and the Taiwanese authorities will cross the “red lines”, “non-peaceful means” will be involved.
The US authorities called the Chinese military exercises near Taiwan an escalation of the situation and a provocation, calling for an immediate end to them. This demand was also joined in Taiwan, noting that the Chinese military is working out the capture of the island, and 66 aircraft and 14 ships of the PRC are participating in the exercises.
The Pentagon tried to contact the command of the Chinese army, but Beijing did not respond to Washington's requests, Politico wrote, citing sources. The United States insists that China has no reason to increase military activity near Taiwan. Officially, Washington supports the “one China” policy, which recognizes that the Chinese state is only one— China. At the same time, the President of Taiwan admitted that the US military was training local soldiers, and The New York Times wrote about arming the island by Washington, following the example of supplies to Ukraine.
Russia expressed support for China on the Taiwan issue. In March, Moscow designated Taiwan as an unfriendly country, and Russia did not officially recognize the independence of the island. The Russian Foreign Ministry considered Pelosi's trip to the island a provocation and an attempt to distract from the situation in Ukraine.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry noted Russia's position and assured that Beijing intends to strengthen strategic cooperation with Moscow.
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