China has launched a series of military maneuvers, sometimes 20 km from Taiwan’s coast, aiming to “absolutely protect national sovereignty”.
Tensions between Beijing and Washington are rising. After the surprise visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, twenty-seven Chinese military planes entered the Taiwanese air defense zone on Wednesday (August 3), the island’s authorities announced.
During the visit of Nancy Pelosi, the highest American official to visit the island in 25 years, China pointed out an attitude “very dangerousbefore announcing the launch of sometargeted military actionin response to this step. The operation of the Chinese army refers to “resolutely upholds national sovereignty and territorial integrity and firmly opposes foreign interference and separatist attempts at Taiwan independencesaid Wu Qian, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense.
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China admitted on Wednesday that planned military exercises near Taiwan were “necessary and legitimate“. These exercises, which reach up to 20 kilometers from the coast of Taiwan, “Contains a necessary and legitimate step to meet the serious provocations of some American politicians and Taiwanese separatists.Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, told reporters. “The scenario of a military intervention in Taiwan is still on the tablefor his part, assured the Chinese ambassador to France, Lu Shaye. This is not against the Taiwanese people but to warn secessionist forces seeking independence and foreign anti-Chinese forces.” The ambassador claimed that the United States and the Taiwanese authorities were responsible for the renewed tension due to “useless visit” by Nancy Pelosi.
For their part, the heads of diplomacy of the G7 estimated on Wednesday that there “there is no justificationfor China to use Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as “an excuse“in military maneuvers”aggressive“. “It is normal for MPs from our countries to travel internationally. The growing response“from China”risk of increasing tension and destabilization in the region“Judge the seven richest countries (United States, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, United Kingdom) in a press release.
Fears of the announcement crystallized from Tuesday night into Wednesday, when Taiwanese authorities reported that 21 Chinese military aircraft had entered the island’s air defense identification zone – an area that greater than its airspace. The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense criticized the “an attempt to threaten our ports and important cities, and unilaterally undermine regional peace and stability“.
On Wednesday, following these reports and the threats made by Beijing, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said the island “not backing downin the face of the threat from China. “Some of China’s maneuvering areas have entered Taiwan’s … territorial waterssaid Taiwan Defense Ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang. “It is an irrational act aimed at challenging the international order“, he criticized.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quick to respond. On Wednesday, on the sidelines of an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting, he warned that “those who sin in China must be punished, it cannot be avoided“. “It’s a prank, pure and simple. Under the guise of ”democracy”, the United States has violated China’s sovereignty“, he continued.
The military actions planned by Beijing are also worrying Japan. “The maritime zone announced by China for military exercises to be held from August 4 at noon (5 am in France) includes Japan’s EEZsaid Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno. Tokyo”expressed concern in China, due to the nature of the military activities“, which includes”live ammunition“, he added.
In addition to these military actions, the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing also announced economic sanctions, including the suspension of Taiwan’s export of natural sand – a key ingredient in the production of semiconductors, one of the the island’s main export.
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