Planned Chinese live-fire navy drills surrounding Taiwan threaten the island’s main ports and concrete areas, Taipei’s Defense Ministry stated Wednesday, pledging “strengthened” defenses and a sturdy response because the cross-strait tensions are rising.
Authorities on the island slammed Beijing’s belligerent navy posture simply hours after China flew 21 navy planes into Taiwan’s air protection zone.
Chinese leaders have expressed anger at US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s go to to Taiwan, portray it as a provocation that threatens the delicate cross-strait establishment.
In response, China introduced a sequence of live-fire navy workout routines round Taiwan, with the Eastern Theater Command saying it will “conduct joint naval and air exercises in the north, southwest, and southeast sea and spaces” of the island.
The drills included “long-range live ammunition shooting” within the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China.
At some level, China’s zone of operations will come inside 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of Taiwan’s coast, based on coordinates shared by the People’s Liberation Army.
Beijing considers self-ruled, democratic Taiwan its territory and has vowed to sooner or later occupy the island, by drive if essential.
With the chance of battle or miscalculation rising, officers from outgunned Taiwan tried to look decided to keep up public calm.
“The defense ministry is closely monitoring and strengthening preparations, and will respond appropriately in due course,” Taiwan’s protection division stated.
“The military will certainly remain in its posts and protect national security. We ask the public to be reassured and support the military.”
The drill is “an attempt to threaten our important ports and urban areas, and unilaterally undermine regional peace and stability,” it added.
“This move will not help China’s international image.”
Beijing’s commerce ministry additionally introduced retaliatory financial measures, saying it will droop exports to Taiwan of pure sand — a key part within the manufacture of semiconductors, one of many island’s primary exports.
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