China said it had deployed warplanes and warships near Taiwan as a show of force a week after US President Joe Biden vowed to defend the island.
Beijing has a “joint combat readiness security patrol involving multiple services and weapons in the waters and airspace surrounding the island of Taiwan”, Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said Wednesday.
Shi added that the maneuver was in response to: “the collusion activities” between the US and the “Taiwan Independence Forces.” The spokesman also argued that Washington’s support for the Taipei authorities would “To put Taiwan in a dangerous situation and have serious consequences.”
Beijing considers self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory. Shi said the PLA was training to… “resolutely thwart the interference and secession attempts of outside forces” in taipei.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Monday that 30 Chinese warplanes flew close to the island the same day a US delegation led by Senator Tammy Duckworth arrived in Taipei. The Chinese state newspaper Global Times, meanwhile, reported that the plane was training “the seizure of air superiority and air strikes in a simulation of reunification by force.”
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said Taipei is seeking closer security cooperation with Washington. She added that the Pentagon… “proactive” planning a partnership between the US National Guard and the armed forces of Taiwan.
The US and China have accused each other of fueling military tensions around Taiwan and the greater South China Sea area. President Joe Biden promised last week that his country would defend Taiwan if Beijing attacked the island.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded by warning that Washington’s support for Taiwan would have been: “irreparable consequences.”
Taiwan was controlled by its own government after communist forces won the protracted civil war and took over mainland China in 1949. Most countries, including the US, follow the ‘one China policy’ and refrain from establishing formal diplomatic ties with Taipei. However, Washington has a long history of providing military aid to Taiwan, and US politicians have visited the island and met Taiwanese officials.
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