Taiwan accuses the ships and planes of the Chinese Army of having penetrated its territorial waters | International


Ships and warplanes of the People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese armed forces, crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait this Friday, an unofficial border but that both Taipei and Beijing tacitly respected until now, according to the Ministry of Defense of the self-governed island. Taipei has described the alleged entry of Chinese forces into its waters and airspace as “strong provocation”, in a statement released by the official Taiwanese agency CNA.

Beijing began the largest military maneuvers in its history around ancient Formosa on Thursday, the day after the controversial visit of the president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the island concluded. The military exercises included the launch of several ballistic missiles, 11 according to the Taiwanese authorities, of which five fell in Japanese waters, as reported by Tokyo, which filed a diplomatic complaint with China. The Taiwanese statement specifies that at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. Spanish peninsular time), several Chinese planes and ships — their number was not specified — were sighted in waters near Taiwan, some of them “crossing the median line”, specified the text.

After starting the second day of military exercises that have deserved the condemnation of the United States, the G7 and the European Union, the Taiwanese Prime Minister, Su Tseng-chang, defined China as the “evil neighbor next door”. “(We) did not expect that the evil neighbor next door would show his power at our door and arbitrarily endanger the world’s busiest waterways with his military exercises,” he told reporters, according to Reuters.

The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, also condemned this Friday the launch of missiles around Taiwan, at a press conference in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where he is participating in a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN). Blinken defined the use of these weapons by Beijing as “a disproportionate, significant and unjustified escalation” and assured that “there is no justification for what [China] has done”. The head of Washington diplomacy reiterated, however, the appeasement attempts with China by affirming again that his country “is not looking for a crisis” and urged the parties to resolve their differences “peacefully.”

During the first day of Chinese military maneuvers this Thursday, the authorities of this island that works de facto as an independent state but that Beijing considers an inalienable part of its territory, they equated the presence of Chinese Army ships and planes around its waters with “an air and sea blockade”, which prevents commercial ships and planes from using one of the routes busiest in the world. The Taiwanese Ministry of Transportation maintains that the ships arriving in or leaving Taiwan will have to avoid the areas where the Chinese army is carrying out its practices, a situation that, if prolonged over time, could have an impact on the communications of the island. According to local media, the Chinese drills have affected 18 international air routes on the island and more than 900 flights have been forced to change their route.

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The Chinese maneuvers include the closure of sea and air space in six areas around Taiwan. One of them is located just 20 kilometers from the coast of Kaohsiung, the main city in the south of the island. Taipei said Thursday that it is closely monitoring the exercises and that its forces are preparing for conflict, but not seeking it. The show of military power with which China has further raised the tension in the Strait of Formosa will last until Sunday.

While the Taiwanese government denounced what it considers a violation of its sovereignty by China, the American politician whose visit is related to this three-way diplomatic crisis between Beijing, Taipei and Washington, Nancy Pelosi, stated at a press conference in Japan that the United States “will not allow China to isolate Taiwan” by trying to prevent officials and officials from Western countries from visiting the island.

Pelosi played down the Chinese reaction to the trip of a delegation of US congressmen to Asia, which has included, among other destinations, Taiwan and, in a new controversial gesture this Friday, a visit to the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas. The veteran American politician, president of the US House of Representatives, the third highest institutional position in her country, has chaired this delegation whose presence in Taiwan has been interpreted by Beijing as a gesture of support from Washington for what Beijing considers secessionist whims of the Taiwanese government.

“We have said from the beginning that our presence here [en Asia] I wasn’t trying to change status quo of Taiwan or the region,” Pelosi stressed at the press conference she held in Tokyo after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The head of the Japanese government also alluded to the escalation of tension in the region and described the fact that several Chinese ballistic missiles landed near Japanese waters, in the country’s exclusive economic zone, as “a threat to Japan’s national security”. , which Tokyo “has strongly condemned,” Kishida said. The Japanese prime minister said that Washington and Tokyo will work together to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

China has responded to the diplomatic complaint filed by the Japanese government for these events, summoning the Tokyo ambassador to Beijing. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reported that the Government of his country has reprimanded the diplomat for his country’s participation in the statement condemning the Chinese maneuvers and the military escalation that the G7 and the G7 jointly released on Thursday. the European Union. In the document, the group of seven most industrialized nations in the world and Brussels affirmed that there was “no justification in using a visit [la de Pelosi] as a pretext for aggressive military activity. China has also protested that censorship note to EU envoys in Beijing.

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