China announced live-fire drills in the East China Sea on August 22 amid rising regional tensions over the Taiwan issue.
China’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) said today that the drills will take place from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. and that “the movement of ships back and forth in certain designated areas will be prohibited” during the drills. this time.
China has recently conducted a series of military exercises near Taiwan in response to the visit of the island by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this month, raising tensions in the strait. A delegation of US congressmen then continued to Taiwan on August 14, despite China’s harsh reaction.
Beijing criticized the move by US lawmakers, accusing Washington of violating the “One China” principle, but the White House denied this claim.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on August 17 that China’s military exercises near Taiwan are “necessary and lawful” and a response to provocations from the United States. , is both an action to maintain China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Vu Hoang (Theo Sputnik)