Tuesday, October 26, 2021

US condemns ‘provocative’ Chinese military flights near Taiwan

On 3 October the United States urged the Chinese communist regime to halt its “provocative” military activities near Taiwan after Beijing sent about 100 aircraft to the island’s air defense zone over a three-day period.

The island’s defense ministry said that on October 1, 2 and again on October 3, Chinese military planes flew over the area, warning Taiwan to turn its fighter jets away from the aircraft. The October 2 incursion, with 39 Chinese aircraft, is the highest-ever reported number.

For more than a year, the Chinese regime has been sending planes to Taiwan’s “air defense detection zone” to intimidate the self-ruled island, which it claims as its own. The most recent incursions involved both day and night flights of fighter jets, bombers and anti-submarine aircraft.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement: “The United States is deeply concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan that is destabilizing, misrepresenting and undermining regional peace and stability.” Has been doing.”

“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan.”

The statement said the United States has an interest in peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining “substantial self-defense capability.” The United States, the island’s largest arms supplier, is obliged under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide weapons for its self-defense to the island.

“The United States’ commitment to Taiwan is solid and contributes to maintaining peace and stability within the Taiwan Strait and the region,” Price said.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked the United States for its “strong comments”, saying the regime in Beijing was increasing tensions in the Indo-Pacific region.

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“In the face of China’s challenges, our country’s government has always committed itself to improving its self-defense capabilities and protecting Taiwan’s democracy, freedom, peace and prosperity,” the statement said.

The Chinese regime has yet to comment on military activities. The flights on October 1 coincide with the country’s National Day, a holiday that marks the Communist Party’s takeover of China.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said it sent fighter jets to warn Chinese planes while missile systems were deployed to monitor them.

Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang on October 2 denounced China for its actions, saying the country was engaging in military aggression and damaging regional peace.

Taiwan marks its national day on October 10, with a keynote speech planned by President Tsai Ing-wen and a military parade in central Taipei, which will include fighter jets.

The growing military assertiveness of the Chinese regime in the Taiwan Straits and the East and South China Seas is attracting increasing condemnation from Western democracies.

During the summer, the Group of Seven (G-7) “underlined the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits, and encouraged the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.”

“We are deeply concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo and escalate tensions,” the G-7 said in a joint statement.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Cathy Hey is a New York-based reporter focusing on topics related to China. He previously worked as a public prosecutor in Australia. She joined Epoch Times in February 2018.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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