China conducts 4th day of military exercises near Taiwan

BEIJING—China held military exercises in the air and sea around Taiwan for a fourth straight day on Sunday, despite international calls to ease tensions after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. announced that it has been implemented.

The Chinese military said the exercise focused on testing long-range airstrikes and ground attacks.

Taiwan continues to detect several batches of Chinese aircraft, ships and drones operating around the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China, “simulating attacks on Taiwan Island and our ships at sea. I’m doing it,” he said.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said it found a total of 66 Chinese aircraft and 14 Chinese warships conducting joint naval and air exercises around the Taiwan Strait. In response, Taiwan said it would deploy aerial reconnaissance patrols, naval vessels, and land-based missiles and continue to monitor the situation closely.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency reported that Taiwan’s military will conduct live-fire drills in southern Pingtung County on Tuesday and Thursday, following China’s military drills.

The training will include snipers, combat vehicles, armored vehicles and attack helicopters, the report said, citing anonymous sources.

The Chinese government has enraged the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by imposing a no-go zone around Taiwan for the four-day drills announced shortly after Pelosi’s visit to Taipei on Tuesday and Wednesday. China policy.

The Chinese Communist Party claims Taiwan as its own and threatens to annex it by force if necessary. Taiwan denied the CCP’s allegations, saying that only the people of Taiwan could decide their future.The two sides split in 1949 after the civil war. Taiwan is a de facto independent country, with its own military, democratically elected government, and constitution.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense emphasized that the Taiwanese military is monitoring the situation and has dispatched aircraft and ships to respond accordingly.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to “support Taiwan’s democracy” and “stop the deterioration of the regional security situation.”

Beijing has previously launched missile attacks on targets in the waters around Taiwan and sent warships across the Taiwan Strait’s central line. It also cut off defense and climate talks with the United States and imposed sanctions in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit.

The Biden administration and Pelosi have said the United States remains committed to its “One China” policy but acknowledges unofficial and defense ties with Taipei.

But the United States has criticized the Chinese Communist Party’s actions in the Taiwan Strait, with White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre calling the Chinese Communist Party “fundamentally irresponsible.”

“There is no need or reason for this escalation,” said Jean-Pierre.

Associated Press