Beijing has vowed to “resolutely thwart” external interference from the US after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
After promising to conduct a series military drills on Taiwan, Beijing began conducting them. “targeted military operations” in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island, Chinese media reported.
“The PLA Combat Commander’s Eastern Zone conducts a continuous series of military operations all around Taiwan,” CCTV captured the event hours after Pelosi reached the island.
Pelosi touched down in Taipei late on Tuesday despite repeated warnings from Beijing against attempting to visit territory that it regards as an integral part of China.
“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is on high alert and will launch a series of targeted military operations to counter this, resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolutely thwart external interference and ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist attempts,”Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the defense ministry said that Wu Qian did not provide any additional details.
In a separate statement, China’s Eastern Theater Command announced joint military drills off Taiwan, live-firing in the Taiwan Strait and missile test-launches in the sea east of Taiwan. Chinese CCTV captured footage of the drills that began Wednesday early.
The exact nature of the problem was unclear at first “targeted military operations”Whether they would be included in the Eastern Theater Command’s series of drills.
The military’s remarks echoed a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry that blasted Pelosi’s visit as a “serious”Breach of “China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The official’s arrival to the island “undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and sends a seriously wrong signal to the separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence,’”It was specified by the ministry.
Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night, following days of uncertainty and contradicting messages from US officials. Taiwan was not listed among the official destinations for the speaker’s Asian tour, which included Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.
Already, the visit has prompted an increase in military activity in the area, with Beijing holding live-fire drills this weekend just off the coast from Fujian in southeast China, which is located across the Taiwan Strait. US military has also increased presence in the area, with their USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group sailing into waters southeast of Taiwan.
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