Taiwan, tensions over Tsai-McCarthy meeting: 1 jet and 3 Chinese military ships near island

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New tensions in Taiwan. The island’s defense ministry said a Chinese anti-submarine helicopter and three warships were spotted in the area, after Speaker Tsai Ing-wen met with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in Los Angeles.

Chinese movements around Taiwan

“A PLA aircraft and 3 PLAN vessels were detected around Taiwan at 6 am (UTC+8) today,” Taiwan said in a statement. “The military has been monitoring the situation and has tasked CAP aircraft, Navy vessels and land-based missile systems to respond to these activities.”

China’s position

The news comes, as mentioned, after the meeting between Tsai and McCarthy in California, for which China had threatened a “resolute” response. “In response to the grossly misguided acts of collusion between the United States and Taiwan, China will take determined and effective measures to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement released by the Chinese government. China News Agency. The ministry then urged Washington to “stop taking the wrong and dangerous path”. China considers Taiwan one of its provinces to be retaken, if necessary by force, and views any meeting between Taiwanese and foreign leaders as a violation of its sovereignty.

The meeting between Tsai and McCarthy

In her face-to-face meeting, the Taiwanese president asked the United States to strengthen ties with the island, despite serious warnings from Beijing which claims sovereignty over Taiwan. The meeting was the third between a Taiwanese president and a US House leader since 1979, the first on US territory, and the second in less than a year, following the visit to Taipei last August by the then Democratic speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to which Beijing had responded with seven days of military exercises around the island. Tsai and McCarthy shook hands at 10 in the morning, 19 yesterday in Italy, and had an interview that lasted about two hours. Tsai Ing-wen recalled that the link with the US “reassures the people of Taiwan that we are not isolated”. Taiwan, in the opinion of the republican speaker, is “a successful democracy, a thriving economy and a global leader in health and science. Our cooperation continues to expand through dialogue and exchanges.”