China conducts 'warning' drill in Taiwan response to Taiwanese acting leader

2023-08-19 14:20:45 | Last Update : 2023-08-19 14:37:54

The Chinese military held military drills around Taiwan Island in response to Taiwan's acting leader Lai Ching-te's visit to the US cities of New York and San Francisco. Taiwan's armed forces are monitoring the situation with fighter jets, ships, detection and tracking vehicles.

China conducts 'warning' drill in Taiwan response to Taiwanese acting leader
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The Chinese military organized a military exercise with the participation of a large number of naval and air vehicles in order to intimidate Taiwan.

Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the Eastern Front Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), said in a statement that the exercise, which was held in the airspace and waters north and southwest of Taiwan, "is a stern warning against the cooperation of forces defending Taiwan's independence with foreign powers."

Spokesperson Shi said that the exercise, in which naval and air force elements participated, was an "emergency combat readiness patrol and drill" and "focused on the coordination of aircraft and ships and the ability to control air and sea areas."

The command's social media account shared a video of the exercise, and state broadcaster CCTV reported that ships carrying guided missiles and fighter jets participated in the exercise.

Taiwan's Ministry of Defense announced that 42 Chinese military aircraft and 8 warships were spotted around the island from midnight last night until the evening hours today.

Taiwan's armed forces are closely monitoring the situation with fighter jets, ships, detection and tracking vehicles, and ground-based missile systems, the statement said.


The drills came after Lai, the acting leader of Taiwan, which is in a sovereignty dispute with China, returned to the island after a visit to Paraguay and a stop in San Francisco, USA.

Lai had made a transit stop in New York City and then San Francisco on his way to attend the inauguration of Paraguay's newly elected PresidentSantiago Pena on August 15.

The "transit visits" of Lai, who is the candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan's leadership elections next year, drew the reaction of China, which considers the island as part of its territory.


Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen also made "transit visits" to the United States in early April, before and after her visits to the Central American countries of Guatemala and Belize, where she met with US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

In response to the visit, the Chinese military organized a 3-day military exercise around the island.

Former US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan in August 2022 also sparked a crisis between Washington and Beijing.

Following the visit, the Chinese military organized military drills that created a de facto blockade around the island, and guided missiles fired from the Chinese mainland fell into Taiwan waters during the drills using real weapons and ammunition.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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