China expands threatening military exercises around Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday escalated threatening military exercises around Taiwan that disrupted shipping and air traffic and greatly raised concerns about possible conflict in a region critical to global trade. said there is.

exercises An anti-submarine exercise apparently aimed at US support to Taiwan in the event of a possible Chinese invasion, according to a social media post by the eastern leadership of the People’s Liberation Army, the military arm of China’s ruling Communist Party. included.

The military said the exercise, which included missile strikes, military aircraft and movement of ships across the Taiwan Strait midline, was a response to the Taiwan Strait. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi I visited Autonomous Island last week.

China has ignored calls to defuse tensions and there was no immediate indication of when the equivalent of a lockdown would end.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said Sunday it found a total of 66 aircraft and 14 warships conducting air exercises with the navy. Taiwan has put its military on high alert and deployed ships, planes and other assets to “simulate attacks on our ships on the island of Taiwan and at sea.” China’s aircraft, ships and drones This was addressed by monitoring the

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 in response to China’s exercises.

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

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and threatens to annex it by force if necessary. Although the two sides split in her 1949 after the civil war, Beijing views visits to Taiwan by foreign officials as an acknowledgment of its sovereignty.

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”. The seven developed countries have also criticized China’s actions, and the Chinese government canceled a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.

China cut off defense and climate talks with the US and imposed sanctions in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit.

The Biden administration and Pelosi said the U.S. remains committed to its “one China” policy, expanding formal diplomatic recognition with Beijing while allowing strong informal and defense ties with Taipei. said that

But the US has criticized Beijing’s actions in the Taiwan Strait, with White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre calling them “fundamentally irresponsible.”

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

In Washington, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador Bi-khim Hsiao said there was no reason for China to be “so furious” over Pelosi’s visit, which follows a long tradition of US lawmakers visiting Taiwan. .

“We have been under threat from China for decades,” Xiao told CBS News on Sunday. You try to find ways to deal with bullies.

“The risks are posed by Beijing,” Xiao said.

During a visit to Myanmar, where the Chinese-backed military junta has been accused of killing its opponents, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Washington was “taking the opportunity to build its military deployment in the region, and this deserves strong vigilance and a firm boycott from China.” all sides. “

Wang said the “China’s resolute stance” was aimed at “seriously safeguarding peace in the Taiwan Strait and regional stability,” according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

in the meantime, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong I asked for cooling of the tension. “Australia continues to call for restraint and Australia continues to call for de-escalation. I’m looking for it,” Wong said. Canberra reporter.