Taiwan, China ‘simulates encirclement’ of island: what happens

Second day Chinese maneuvers with 71 ships and 9 aircraft. Use they ask for moderation

Second day of Chinese maneuvers to ‘simulate the encirclement’ of Taiwan, with the use, according to the Taipei defense ministry, of 71 ships and 9 aircraft, while the United States urges “moderation”. The maneuvers, code-named “Joint sword”, will continue until Monday: Taiwan accuses Beijing of having used President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to the United States – where she also met House Speaker Kevin McCarthy – as “an excuse to conduct military exercises that have seriously undermined peace, stability and security in the region”.

The United States, for its part, through a spokesman for the State Department, has urged China to “moderate and not change the status quo”. Washington, he underlined, “is closely monitoring Beijing’s actions” around the island, which it considers a ‘rebel province’ and which it would like to reunite with the motherland, the United States “has sufficient resources and capabilities in the region to ensure peace and stability and meet national security commitments”.