Friday, September 30, 2022

China announces new military drills around Taiwan during US congressional visit

From left to right, Democratic U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, left, and California Democratic House of Representatives member John Garamendi, second left, behind, arrive with their wives at the Parliament House in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 ( AP/Johnson Lai)
From left to right, Democratic U.S. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, left, and California Democratic House of Representatives member John Garamendi, second left, behind, arrive with their wives at the Parliament House in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022 ( Associated Press/Johnson Lai)

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen met with a delegation of members of the United States Congress on Monday. There is another sign of support among US lawmakers for the autonomous island that China claims as its territory. In reply, Xi Jinping regime announces new military exerciseswhich he called a “deterrent” against Washington and Taipei.

Taiwanese media shows arrival of delegation for talksBut details of the meeting were not immediately released.

creates a meeting Less than two weeks after the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to TaiwanThat sparked days of Chinese threats of military exercises, including missile launches on the island and in the Taiwan Strait.

China has also sent fighter jets and naval ships through the waterway, Which has long been a buffer between the divided sides in the middle of the civil war in 1949. China sees formal contacts between American politicians and the island’s government as support for its independence from Beijing.

China says it wants to use peaceful means to control TaiwanBut his recent saber rattle has emphasized his military menace.

The five-member delegation is led by a Democratic senator ed marque and with other government and private sector representatives from Massachusetts. Easing tensions in the Taiwan Straits and investing in Taiwan’s vital semiconductor industry are expected to be key topics of discussion.

From left to right, Democratic US House of Representatives Alan Lowenthal of California, Democratic House of Representatives John Garamendi, Donald Yu-Tien Soo, CEO, Dept.  North American Ministry of Affairs, Taiwan's Foreign Ministry, Democratic House member Don Baer of Virginia, and Republican Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, a representative from American Samoa (Taiwan Foreign Ministry via AP)
From left to right, Democratic US House of Representatives Alan Lowenthal of California, Democratic House of Representatives John Garamendi, Donald Yu-Tien Soo, CEO, Dept. North American Ministry of Affairs, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry, Democratic House member Don Baer of Virginia, and Republican Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, a representative from American Samoa (Taiwan Foreign Ministry via Associated Press)

Other members of the delegation are Republican representatives. 1st Coleman RadewagenRepresentatives of American Samoa, and Democrats John Garamendi You alan lowenthal of California and don bare of Virginia.

With the arrival of the delegation, A total of 22 planes and six Chinese military ships raided areas around Taiwan on Sunday. Condemned the island’s Ministry of Defense.

The bipartisan visit provoked a harsh backlash from the Xi Jinping regime, which said it was done on Monday “War preparedness patrols and combat exercises in the sea and airspace around the island of Taiwan.”

“This is a serious deterrent to political moves against the US and Taiwan and undermining peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits.Xi Yi, a spokesman for the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command, said in a statement, “Strongly defend national sovereignty”.

A top White House official on Asia policy said last week that China used Pelosi’s visit as a pretext to launch an intense pressure campaign against Taiwan.Endangering peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region in general.

“China has overreacted and its actions remain provocative, destabilizing and unprecedented.” President Joe Biden’s deputy assistant Kurt Campbell told reporters.

“They have sought to ignore the central line between the People’s Republic of China. and Taiwan, which has been respected by both sides for more than 60 years as a stable feature.”He said, using the acronym for the country’s full name, the People’s Republic of China.

Ed Markey, a Democratic US Senator from Massachusetts, poses for a photo with Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Tah-Rae Yue.  (Taiwan Foreign Ministry via AP)
Ed Markey, a Democratic US Senator from Massachusetts, poses for a photo with Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Tah-Rae Yue. (Taiwan Foreign Ministry via Associated Press)

China accuses US of encouraging independence forces in Taiwan through the sale of military equipment to the island and by engaging with its officers. The United States says it does not support Taiwan’s independence, but its differences with China should be resolved peacefully.

Governor Communist Party of China He has long said he is in favor of Taiwan joining China peacefully, but will not rule out force if necessary. The two parted ways in 1949 during a civil war in which the Communists took control of China and the losing Nationalists retreated to the island of Taiwan.

Campbell said on Friday that The United States will send warships and aircraft through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks and is developing a roadmap for trade talks with Taiwan which he said the United States would like to announce in the coming days.

(with info from Associated Press)

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