China-Taiwan: Beijing conducts new military drills near island
The Chinese army’s Eastern Theatre Command announced plans to conduct anti-submarine exercises and maritime raids.
The previous four days of drills were Beijing’s reaction to a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Taiwan has accused China of conducting the drills in preparation for an invasion of the island.
Taiwan said on Monday that Chinese planes and ships have not breached its territorial waters, which stretch 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres; 14 miles) off the shore, so far during the operations.
The United States, Australia, and Japan have all criticised the drills, claiming that their goal is to upset the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, a 180km (110 mile) stretch of water that separates the mainland from the island.
During the drills, Chinese planes and ships frequently crossed the strait’s middle line. However, Taiwan’s defence ministry stated on Monday that the median line was a tacit agreement in place since the 1950s and that its presence was a “fact.”
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In response for Ms Pelosi’s visit, Beijing has also cut off collaboration with the US in a number of areas, including climate change.
Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province that it may forcefully annexe if necessary.
Taiwan, on the other hand, is a self-governing island that perceives itself as different from China.
Any acknowledgement of this by Western leaders, on the other hand, enrages China.
The increased activity in the vicinity of Taiwan comes after Chinese maritime officials indicated that drills will be held in other regions as well.
New daily military manoeuvres, including live-fire exercises, were set to begin Saturday in the Yellow Sea, which lies between China and the Korean peninsula.
A month-long military operation in one part of the Bohai Sea, north of the Yellow Sea, also began on Saturday.
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