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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Taiwan says China’s maneuvers appear to emulate attack

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Taiwan said on Saturday that China’s military exercises simulate an attack on the self-ruled island after several Chinese warships and planes crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait following a visit by the speaker of the US House of Representatives. seem to be. , Nancy Pelosi, to 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’s defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it conducted military exercises as planned in maritime and airspace in the north, southwest and east of Taiwan, aimed at “testing” the capabilities of its ground attack systems and maritime strikes. Had to do. ,

China launched its operation, which included live fire, after Pelosi’s visit to the island in the middle of the week, alleging that the official violated the “one China” policy. Beijing considers the island a separate province that should be annexed by force if necessary, and sees the visit of foreign officials to the area as a recognition 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.

Kinmen, also known as Qomoy, are a group of islands just 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) east of the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian Province in the Taiwan Strait that divides the two parts that form a homeland. They were separated in the middle of the war. 1949.

“Our government and military are closely monitoring 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. The exercises so far have included 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.

Meanwhile, cyber attacks trying to crash Taiwan’s foreign ministry website doubled between Thursday and Friday, according to the country’s central news agency, compared to similar attacks before Pelosi’s visit. The ministry did not specify the origin of the attack.

The report said that other ministries and government agencies, such as the Ministry of the Interior, also faced similar attacks on their websites.

Taiwanese people favor maintaining the status quo of the island’s de facto independence and reject Chinese demands to unite with the Communist Party-ruled mainland.

Globally, most countries subscribe to the “one China” policy, which is a requirement for maintaining diplomatic relations with Beijing.

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