Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023
China military carries out exercises near Taiwan

China military says it has conducted “strike drills” in the sea and airspace around Taiwan in response to what it says is provocation from the democratically governed island and the United States.

According to international media reports, Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, said the drills on Sunday showed Beijing was attacking regional peace and trying to cow Taiwan’s people.

In a brief statement, the Eastern Theatre Command of the Chinese army said it had carried out “joint combat readiness patrols and joint firepower strike drills” around Taiwan. It did not specify the exact location.

“This is a resolute response to the current escalation of collusion and provocation from the United States and Taiwan,” it said without giving details.

“Theatre forces will take all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” it added.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said China’s actions “once again highlight its mentality of resolving differences by force and destroying regional peace and stability”.

“The Chinese Communist’s ‘military intimidation’ acts are obviously aimed at cowing our people and are not conducive to [China’s] international image,” it said, adding that Taiwan will continue to boost its military.

The US is Taiwan’s most important international backer and arms supplier despite the absence of formal diplomatic ties. US arms sales to Taiwan are a constant irritant in Beijing’s relations with Washington.

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