Beijing recently supplemented its powerful rhetoric against its democratic neighbor Taiwan, following a recent visit by three U.S. senators to the self-governing island.
Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), And Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) made a three-hour stop in Taiwan on June 6 to announce that the United States has 750,000 COVID – would donate. 19 doses of vaccinations to the island. Prior to the announcement, the Taiwanese government had repeatedly said hit Beijing for interfering in its efforts to buy vaccines from major COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.
Two days after the senators’ trip, on June 8, the Eastern Theater Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced on its WeChat account that its 72nd Group Army had recently conducted a military exercise in the waters off the coast of Fujian. province in southern China. . The exercise, with landing craft and ambitious vehicles, was aimed at improving the amphibious capabilities of the unit.
Also on June 8, Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, told local media that the senators’ trip to Taiwan was a “political show” and a “despicable political provocation” against China. Wu also accuses the United States of seriously undermining the stability of the Taiwan Strait.
Without naming a country, Wu threatened that anyone who dared to “divide Taiwan from China” would see a fixed-resolution attack by the Chinese military.
In an article published on June 9, China’s hawkish mouthpiece Global Times claims that any PLA exercise should not be seen as a mere “deterrent.” Beijing was actually winning ‘any possible military conflict in the future’. The same article also boasted China’s growing amphibious warfare.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sees Taiwan as part of its territory despite the fact that the self-governing island is a de facto independent country – with its own democratically elected government, military, constitution and currency.
As a result, Beijing has opposed any government to establish ties with Taipei or to communicate with Taiwanese government officials.
Last year, Beijing also reacted angrily when two officials from the Trump administration visited Taiwan – Alex Azar, health secretary and former foreign minister Keith Krach.
Washington currently has no diplomatic ties with Taipei, but was the island’s largest arms supplier in accordance with Taiwanese relations law (TRA).
On June 7, US Representative Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) Takes her to Twitter says that Beijing should stay out of the interactions between Washington and Taipei.
“Americans may travel to #Taiwan whenever they want and the #CCP has no control or right to determine that a U.S. delegation in that country visits the country,” she wrote.
Taiwan, which is 81 km off the coast of China, has upgraded its military defense capability to thwart any invasion attempt by Beijing. Some experts from China have said that the Chinese invasion is a real possibility in the near future – perhaps within the next three years.
In March, the adm. Philip Davidson, then head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, warned during a Senate hearing that the communist regime would invade Taiwan in the next six years.