Taiwan’s foreign minister said the autonomous island would fight to the end in the war with China.
His comments are made when China strengthens its military operations around Taiwan.
This week, China dispatched a carrier strike group and dozens of military aircraft to train nearby.
Taiwanese officials warned on Wednesday that the autonomous island would fight until the “last day” in a conflict with China, which is increasing its military activity nearby.
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu said, “We are ready to protect ourselves. There is no doubt about it.” According to AP..
“If we need to fight the war, we will fill the war, and if we need to protect ourselves until the last day, we will protect ourselves until the last day,” he added.
Chinese troops sent a group of aircraft carriers led by Liaoning on Monday to excavate waters near Taiwan to strengthen the Chinese Navy’s ability to protect national sovereignty, security and development interests. A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense said..
A spokesman added that such exercises would continue and take place on a regular basis.
Also on Monday, 10 Chinese military aircraft, including four J-10s and four J-16 fighters, a Y-8 anti-submarine fighter, and a KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft, were launched in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. I entered. Reported by CNN..
Shi Hong, editor-in-chief of the Chinese magazine Shipborne Weapons, commented on Monday’s aerial invasion and carrier training. I told China’s Global Times The “exercise is [People’s Liberation Army] You can surround the island of Taiwan. “
He added that the training would send a deterrent message not only to Taiwan, but also to foreign troops such as the United States and its regional allies who may assist Taiwan in the event of an unforeseen situation.
Although the United States is not obliged to come to Taiwan’s defense, it has long supported Taiwan’s self-defense through the sale of weapons, considering the island of autonomy and democracy as a partner.
Chinese military aircraft near Taiwan are regularly flown. Taiwan’s defense ministry said Wednesday that 15 Chinese aircraft, including 12 fighters, had entered the ADIZ. According to Reuters..
Taiwan responds to these frequent, almost daily invasions by scrambling its fighters to intercept Chinese aircraft.
Experts say there are multiple explanations for China’s military operations around Taiwan.
“I consider it both a military demonstration of PLA power and a political statement about what Chinese leaders consider to be their position on Taiwan’s autonomy,” Rand Corporation said. Said Timothy Heath, senior international / defense researcher at.
He explained that such activities also send a domestic political message that Chinese leaders still take the goal of unification seriously.
Then there is the training aspect of China’s military operations. He said these exercises did not appear to be a “prelude to future operations,” but they did.
China’s military operations around Taiwan have come from some US military leaders raising concerns that China may be forced to regain control of the island in the not too distant future.
“The threat will be revealed in the last decade,” US Admiral, who heads the Indo-Pacific Army, told lawmakers last month. The Admiral, who was expected to succeed him, claimed a few days later. “This problem is much closer to us than most people think.”
“China can launch an attack, but that consideration will have to go beyond winning the first battle,” Taiwan’s defense minister said last month.
“I always tell my peers to stop asking how many days they need to last,” he said. According to Newsweek.. “How many days is the problem? [China] Do you want to fight? We will be with them as long as they want to fight. “
Although Taiwan is an important national interest for China, it is believed that Taiwan’s military activities in the region are also directed to the United States.
The· Global Times specifically pointed out On Monday, the Liaoning aircraft carrier formation exercise near Taiwan took place “when US warships, including aircraft carriers, made sharp provocations near China.”
This article expressed concern about the existence of the Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group in the South China Sea and the movement of the destroyer USS Mustin in the East China Sea.
Chinese army Expressed additional frustration On Wednesday, after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait, it appealed to the United States that it was having a negative impact on peace and stability in the region. China claimed that the move sent an inappropriate message to Taiwan’s independent forces.
“Passing through the Taiwan Strait shows the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the Navy said. To continue. “
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