Beijing / Taipei. China on Monday resumed large-scale military exercises around Taiwan to “protect its national sovereignty”. China has done this study at a time when a new delegation of the US Congress is visiting Taiwan. Prior to the delegation’s visit, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. Angered by this, China conducted several days of military drills around Taiwan, raising fears of a Chinese attack on the self-governing island.
A US Congressional delegation led by Democratic Party Representative from Massachusetts Ed Markey arrived in Taipei on Sunday on a two-day visit. A spokesman for the marque said the five-member delegation reaffirmed US support for Taiwan and would “promote peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” The delegation includes Democratic Party members John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal and Don Baer, and Republican Party members Oumua Amata Coleman Radvagen.
China announced another military exercise on Monday after the arrival of another US delegation. Colonel Xi Yi, a spokesman for China’s People’s Liberation Army’s Forward Theater Command, said his command on Monday began joint war preparedness security patrols and combat training exercises in the waters and airspace around the island of Taiwan. A PLA press release said that according to Xi, this is a dire warning to US and Taiwanese officials, who have repeatedly made political moves that harm peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
It said that the military command will take all necessary steps to protect China’s national sovereignty and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and take all necessary measures to protect China’s national sovereignty and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry condemned the Chinese military for endangering the peace and security of the region.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the US Congress met Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday. Commenting on the meeting, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a press conference that it was a gross violation of the ‘One China’ policy. He said it also violates China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
tags: china, Taiwan, United States of america
First Published: 15 August 2022, 23:37 IST