“Severe warning” to Taiwan: China is again holding military exercises in front of the island nation

China issued a “strict warning” on Saturday Military exercises off Taiwan held. The People’s Liberation Army has “launched air and sea exercises by the navy and air force around the island of Taiwan,” the Chinese state news agency Xinhua quoted a military spokesman as saying.

According to Taipei Warplanes entered the Taiwan Air Defense Zone 42 times a.

China had previously expressed its anger that the Taiwanese Vice President William Lai recently on his trip to Paraguay Stopover in the USA had. Beijing on Saturday labeled Lai a “troublemaker” and announced it would take “determined action to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The Military exercises are a “strict warning” in view of the collusion of “separatists” from Taiwan with foreign countries.

Taiwan's Vice President William Lai addresses supporters in San Francisco (archive photo).
Taiwan’s Vice President William Lai addresses supporters in San Francisco (archive photo).
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Taiwan then condemned it “irrational and provocative behavior” of China and said it would send “appropriate forces” to respond “with practical measures.”

The military exercise in no way contributes to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Taipei said. Instead, it underscores China’s “militaristic mentality and confirms the hegemonic nature of its military expansion,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. According to the Taiwanese ministry, eight Chinese ships also participated in the military exercises.

Prior to his trip to Paraguay for the inauguration of the new president, Lai said he wanted to “speak with leaders from different countries around the world and also meet with delegations from like-minded countries.” Officially, only one stopover was planned in the USA.

China threatens to conquer Taiwan

However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Taiwan and the US colluded to allow Lai political activities in the US under the pretense of a “stopover”.

Paraguay is the only country in South America that recognizes Taiwan as an independent country. The communist leadership in Beijing regards the independently governed Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic and threatens to conquer it.

China is trying to isolate Taiwan internationally and strictly refuses official contacts from other countries with Taiwan. Like most countries in the world, the US does not have an embassy in Taiwan. However, there are a number of informal contacts that also anger Beijing.

In April, Beijing responded with military exercises when Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen met Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy during a stopover in the US. (AFP/dpa)

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