Beijing- Taiwan Said on Saturday that the military exercises China The visit by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives appears to simulate an attack on the autonomous island, after several Chinese warships and planes crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait. Nancy PelosicTo Taipei, which angered Beijing.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said on Twitter that Taiwan’s military issued an alert, air and naval patrols around the entire island and activated land-based missile systems in response to Chinese maneuvers.
China launched the live-fire drills after Pelosi’s visit to the island mid-week, saying it violated its “one China” policy.
Beijing considers the island a separate province that must be annexed by force and if necessary, and sees the visit of foreign officials to the island as an acknowledgment of its sovereignty.
Taiwan’s military also said it detected four unmanned aircraft flying near the Kinmen area on Friday night, according to a report by Taiwan’s Central News Agency.
Four drones, which Taiwan believes to be Chinese, were sighted over the waters around the Kinmen archipelago, nearby Liu Island and Beiding Islet, according to the Kinmen Defense Command.
In response, the Taiwanese military issued a warning.
The Kinmen, also known as the Qomoy, are a group of islands in the Taiwan Strait just 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) east of the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian Province that split in 1949 amid civil war. does. ,
“Our government and military closely monitor China’s military exercises and information warfare operations, ready to respond if necessary.”Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a tweet.
“I call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan and prevent any escalation in the regional security situation,” he said.
The Chinese exercise began on Thursday and is expected to end on Sunday. So far, The exercise involves missile strikes on targets in the north and south of the island. It is reminiscent of the last great Chinese practice between 1995 and 1996, with which Beijing tried to intimidate leaders and voters in the region.
Both the Joe Biden administration and Pelosi have said the United States is committed to a “one China” policy, which recognizes Beijing as China’s government but allows for informal and defense ties with Taipei. The White House advised against Pelosi’s visit, but did not stop it.
In response to the hearing, China canceled defense talks with Washington and imposed sanctions on Pelosi.