Taiwan’s defense ministry made the announcement late last night, claiming that China had conducted air and naval exercises between 7 a.m. and noon on Wednesday and Thursday. He called the exercises a “severe provocation” and a threat to peace in the region.
The ministry said the exercises took place between Taiwan’s southwest coast and Taiwan’s Pratas Islands in the South China Sea.
The exercises have also been described by a former Taiwanese military officer as the most serious threat to Taiwan’s security since 1996, when China conducted a controversial missile test, firing three M-9 ballistic missiles at Taiwan, which exploded in nearby vessels.
Major General Young Ching Xie, an intelligence officer with Taiwan̵
According to the FT, he said: “Everyone knows about their intention to take Taiwan. So it is very obvious that they use the pretext of exercise to squeeze our operating space. “
Beijing, on the other hand, sees Taiwan as a “breakaway province,” according to the BBC.
Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen said in an interview this year: “We are now an independent country and our name is the Republic of China, Taiwan.”
Last month, Beijing sharply rebuked the United States for holding a formal meeting between itself and Taiwan.
US Health Secretary Alex Hazard visited the nation to discuss closer relations between the two countries, as well as Taiwan’s response to COVID-19.
However, Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Chinese Foreign Ministry, called on the United States to “stop engaging in official interactions of any kind with Taiwan, to deal with Taiwanese issues wisely and correctly, and not to send the wrong signals to Taiwan’s independence.” elements to avoid serious damage to China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. ”
China and the United States have accused each other of threatening peace in the South China Sea this year amid military exercises.
The United States has accused China of conducting a “harassment campaign” to control offshore resources in the region.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang responded by calling the United States “a problem-maker for peace and stability in the region.”