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Taiwan mobilizes forces before China’s military exercises around the island

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68 planes and 13 ships from China are still maneuvering in the Taiwan Strait, some entering its waters, according to the country’s complaint. It is the military deployment of Beijing, which, after several consecutive days, carries out military exercises around the island.

Taiwan speaks of a “possible simulated attack” within the military maneuvers announced after the visit to the island of the president of the US Legislature, Nancy Pelosi.

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In a message posted on his official Twitter account, the Ministry of National Defense of the island assures that the objective of this simulated attack would be a “high value asset”, without specifying more details in this regard.

In response, Taipei issued alerts and deployed air and naval patrols, also activating its land-based missile systems, as it did yesterday in the face of the “strong provocation” of the crossing of the middle line of the Strait by “several” Chinese ships and aircraft.

This imaginary line in the strait functions as an unofficial but tacitly respected border for China and Taiwan for the past decades. The movements of the People’s Liberation Army (EPL, the Chinese Army) are part of the military maneuvers that it has been carrying out since Thursday and that will last until Sunday in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit, and which have so far included live fire and the launch of long-range missiles.

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These exercises take place in six zones around the island, one of them about 20 kilometers off the coast of Kaohsiungthe main city in southern Taiwan.

Although in recent years China has carried out other drills in the Taiwan StraitThis week’s ones are different because “they cover a larger area, involve more military elements, and are expected to be highly effective,” Chinese defense experts were quoted as saying by local media.

Taiwan has described the Chinese military presence in the aforementioned areas as a “blocking”and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called China’s “deliberately elevated military threat” “irresponsible.”

China, which called Pelosi’s visit “farce” and “deplorable betrayal”claims sovereignty over the island and considers Taiwan a rebel province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949, after losing the civil war against the communists.

Meanwhile, China breaks with the US. After the military manoeuvres, the Beijing government decides to go one step further and leaves its relationship with Washington at a minimum.

“This is a division between the two superpowers in a context of instability economic and geopolitical situation at the international level,” says Eduardo Saldaña, an analyst at El Orden Mundial.

China has announced eight measures involving the suspension of cooperation in mutual legal assistance, illegal immigration, drug trafficking and transnational crimes. In addition, they cut off the military dialogue. Communication between commands and Defense departments is canceled and talks on climate change are stopped

“This is terrible bad news for the rest of the world, have chosen not to talk and that has an obvious impact on all international efforts,” highlights International Relations professor Pedro Rodríguez.

Since the 1990s, the relationship between China and the United States has not been so tense. Washington calls China’s reaction “disproportionate” and calls the country’s ambassador for consultation.

“The fact that these two countries fail to understand each other in a minimum security dialogue increases the danger in an area of ​​the world that is increasingly becoming a complicated and disputed scenario”, adds Pedro Rodríguez.

Why break relationships?

It is the forceful response to the controversial trip of Nancy Pelosi, president of the US House of Representatives, and her support for Taiwan. “We will not allow them to isolate Taiwan.“, she affirmed. They accuse her of violating the sovereignty of the country and sanction her and her family without being able to set foot on Chinese territory.

In addition, from Beijing they launch a dart and They ask the US not to aggravate the situation. Any mistake could lead to an armed conflict with global consequences.

Source: Lasexta

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