Taipei, Taiwan – china army announced a new military exercise on Monday in Sea and airspace surrounding Taiwanone day after its scheduled expiration greatest exercise ever to protest last week trip to taipei by house speaker Nancy Pelosic,
China’s Eastern Theater Command said it would conduct joint exercises focusing on anti-submarine and maritime attack operations, confirming fears by some security analysts and diplomats that Beijing would keep pressure on Taiwan’s defence.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week angered China, which claims the self-ruled island as its own and responded with a test launch of ballistic missiles over Taipei for the first time. Erase a few lines of dialogue with Washington,
The duration and exact location of the latest exercise are not yet known, but Taiwan has already eased flight restrictions near six Chinese practice areas around the island.
Shortly before the latest exercises were announced, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, telling him he was impressed by his determination to travel despite Chinese military pressure. .
“Prime Minister Gonsalves has expressed in recent days that Chinese military exercises will not prevent him from visiting friends in Taiwan. These statements have touched us deeply,” Tsai said at the Gonsalves’ reception in Taipei.
It was not clear whether Tsai had invited Gonsalves before or after Pelosi’s visit. “We do not disclose internal planning or communications between governments,” Taiwan’s foreign ministry said when asked by Reuters.
Beyond the firing of 11 short-range ballistic missiles during the first four days of the exercise, Chinese warships, fighter jets and drones conducted massive maneuvers around the island.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said Chinese military ships, planes and drones had mimicked attacks on the island and its navy. It said it had sent planes and ships to respond “appropriately”.
China’s defense ministry meanwhile maintained its diplomatic pressure on the United States, defending the shelving of military-to-military talks in protest against Pelosi’s visit.
Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said in an online post, “The current tense situation in the Taiwan Strait is entirely provoked and created by the US side on its own initiative, and the US side will bear full responsibility and dire consequences for this.”
“The bottom line cannot be broken, and communication requires honesty,” Wu said.
China on Friday canceled formal talks involving theater-level command, defense policy coordination and military maritime consultations after Pelosi left the region.
Officials from the Pentagon, State Department and White House condemned the move, calling it an irresponsible response.
According to security analysts and diplomats, China’s cutting off some of its communication links with the US military increases the risk of an accidental escalation on Taiwan at a critical moment.
A US official noted that Chinese officials did not respond to calls from senior Pentagon officials amid tensions last week, but they did not see it as a formal severance of ties with senior figures such as US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
When asked directly about those reports, Defense Ministry spokesman Wu said, “China’s relevant countermeasures are a necessary warning to the provocations of the United States and Taiwan, and a legitimate defense of national sovereignty and security.”