China ‘rehearses to attack Taiwan warship’

Taiwanese officials said that many Chinese warships and aircraft continued to simulate attacks on the island and Taiwan’s warships.

“A series of Chinese warships, aircraft and drones continue to conduct joint exercises near Taiwan, simulating attacks on the island and defensive warship forces,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said in a statement. announced today.

Taiwan’s Self-Defense Forces deployed aircraft and warships to “react appropriately” to the Chinese military exercise.

Chinese fighter jets exercise off the coast of Fujian province on August 6.  Photo: Reuters.

Chinese fighter jets exercise off the coast of Fujian province on August 6. Image: Reuters.

An anonymous source familiar with the matter previously revealed that 10 Chinese and Taiwanese warships are constantly moving at close distances, and at the same time playing along the median line, the boundary is understood to be the line demarcating the Taiwan Strait. Loan. “Both sides showed restraint,” the source said.

Chinese officials have not commented on these reports.

China held unprecedented large-scale live-fire drills around Taiwan from August 4-7 in response to a visit to the island by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The location of the drill is in the area of ​​the Taiwan Strait, the Ba Si Canal, the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, surrounding the island of Taiwan. One of the six drill areas is located less than 20 kilometers from the city of Kaohsiung in the south of the island.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby criticized China’s actions as “provocative” and significantly escalated tensions in the Taiwan Strait. He also affirmed that the US had nothing to “fix” regarding Ms. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Earlier, the Chinese embassy official in Washington said the only way to end the crisis in US-China relations caused by Ms. Pelosi’s visit was for the US to immediately “correct its mistake”.

The island of Taiwan and the strait of the same name.  Graphics: CSIS.

The island of Taiwan and the strait of the same name. Graphics: CSIS.

Taiwan has been a hot issue in US-China bilateral relations in recent years. China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provide the island with modern weapons.

Vu Anh (Theo Reuters)

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