Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Taiwan begins new military exercise

attack helicopter from the United States
Taiwan begins new military exercise

The defense ministry in Taipei speaks of routine, but the conflict with China casts new military maneuvers in a different light. US-type Super Cobra and Apache combat helicopters will also be used in Taiwan’s exercises till Thursday.

Taiwan has started new military maneuvers amid tensions with China. According to media reports, US-type Super Cobra and Apache attack helicopters are also to be used in military exercises in the south of the Democratic Island Republic. According to the Defense Ministry, the exercise will continue till Thursday.

The latest Taiwan crisis was triggered by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the capital, Taipei, in early August. It was the highest ranking trip to the United States in a quarter century. China sees the island as part of the People’s Republic. Taiwan considers itself independent.

Chinese naval ships and military aircraft are now rapidly moving towards the Taiwan Strait. In doing so, they often cross a previously respected, informal center line. Chinese military machines repeatedly enter Taiwan’s air surveillance area. In addition, a sea and air blockade and a possible conquest were practiced. Taiwan responded with the first maneuver.

In Taipei, a Defense Ministry spokesman described the maneuvers at the Pingtung training area as “routine”. They will be held every quarter. The US had committed to Taiwan’s defense capabilities decades ago. New weapons sales worth $1.1 billion were announced on Friday. In response, Beijing announced “countermeasures”, which were not described in detail. Despite the threat, other US politicians have traveled to Taiwan. A Bundestag delegation also wants to go there this fall.

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