“Since China and Japan have not set any boundaries on the respective waters, China does not accept the notion of the so-called ‘Japanese Exclusive Economic Zone’,” Hua said in response to a question. ,
The six areas for China’s exercises were chosen because of their importance in a possible campaign to siege Taiwan and ward off foreign interference, Major General Meng Jiangqing, a strategy professor at the National Defense University in Beijing, said in an interview on Monday. Chinese Television.
One area covers the narrowest part of the Taiwan Strait. Others could be used to blockade a major port or attack Taiwan’s three main military bases. One of them, facing southern Taiwan, “creates conditions for locking the door and thrashing the dog,” he said, using a Chinese proverb that referred to blocking an enemy’s escape route. does. He also said that another display of force using live ammunition was planned.
The main Chinese state television network CCTV said a missile flew over Taiwan, causing a further increase in pressure on the island and a serious miscalculation. In response to a question whether Chinese missiles passed over Taipei, Taiwan’s defense ministry said the trajectory was “beyond the atmosphere” and a harmless incident.
However, General Meng said that such a strategy is the priority of the Chinese military.
“Everyone can wait and see,” General Meng said of the exercise. “This is the first time that the military will conduct a joint military operation around the entire island of Taiwan,” he said. “It must be said that, although this is an exercise that resembles a real war, at any time it can turn into a real war.”
The spread of belligerent propaganda from China, and consequently a rise in nationalist sentiment, may present a good time for a new offensive for Communist Party leader Xi. His path to a third term as leader of a party congress later this year was hampered by staggering economic growth, mainly due to the Covid outbreak and Xi’s strong response to him.