China’s People’s Liberation Army began military exercises near Taiwan on Tuesday in response to the arrival on the island of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
According to Sputnik, Chinese state television CCTV reported on the military exercises, which are taking place in three maritime zones near Taiwan. In addition, training of missiles with non-nuclear weapons will also be conducted east of Taiwan, according to a spokesman for the Eastern Combat Command.
The Chinese military was to conduct military drills from Thursday to Sunday in six areas around Taiwan, where Pelosi landed on Tuesday despite warnings from China.
A few days before Pelosi arrived in Taiwan, China began a series of live-fire military exercises outside the island, as well as drills in the South China Sea.
Beijing has warned that it will not remain silent if Pelosi’s visit to the island, located just 180 kilometers from China, is completed.
Although Pelosi assured that his visit did not contradict the United States’ “long-standing policy” regarding Beijing and Taipei, the Chinese government warned that his action was a “serious violation of the One China principle”. represents.
Through a statement from the foreign ministry, Beijing warned that his visit “seriously affected the political underpinnings of Sino-US relations”, seriously infringing “China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”, seriously undermined the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait, and sent “a very wrong signal to the separatist forces seeking Taiwan independence.”
“The Taiwan issue is purely an internal matter of China, so no other country has the right to act as a judge in this matter,” part of the text says.
Relations between China and Taiwan were suspended in 1949, when the army of the Chinese Nationalist Kuomintang Party, led by Chiang Kai-shek, suffered a civil war against the Communist Party of China and moved to the island of Taiwan. .
Amidst this scenario, Beijing has reiterated that any dialogue with Taiwan that bypasses the Chinese central government violates a key tenet of its ‘one China’ policy.