Taiwan, China begins military exercises: “Warning to separatists”

The move was in response to the meeting in Florida between President Tsai Ing-wen and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. 42 warplanes over the Taiwan Strait

There China has announced the start of three days of military exercises around Taiwan. A move in response to the meeting in Florida between Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy despite threats from Beijing. The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese army has in fact declared that today’s exercises are “a serious warning against the collusion of Taiwan’s separatist forces with external forces and a necessary move to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

The exercises, dubbed “United Sharp Sword”, involve “patrols and combat-ready exercises in and around the Taiwan Strait, north, south and east of Taiwan and over the sea and in the airspace as planned,” Colonel Shi said. Yi del Lo of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command command.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said 42 Chinese warplanes flew over the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from the Chinese mainland, after the Chinese military began military exercises. Notably, he added, 29 Chinese warplanes crossed the midline into the strait in its Air Defense Identification Zone. In addition, the note continues, eight Chinese People’s Army vessels have been sighted in the strait.

”The people of Taiwan love democracy” and as the government of Taipei ”we look forward to strengthening cooperation with the United States in matters of security”. This is President Tsai Ing-wen’s response to Chinese military exercises. ”We want to continue collaborating with the United States and with other countries in defense of democracy and freedom”, she added, speaking of ”years of authoritarian expansionism” which we have witnessed ”in recent years” .