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China responds to ‘collusion’ between US and Taiwan — Analysis

China stated that warplanes, warships, and bombers were deployed near Taiwan by China as a demonstration of force one week after US President Joe Biden pledged to defend Taiwan.

Beijing held a “joint combat-readiness security patrol involving multiple services and arms in the waters and airspace around the Taiwan Island,” Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Eastern Theater Command, said on Wednesday.

Shi stated that it was in response to “the collusion activities”Between the USA and the “Taiwan independence forces.” The spokesperson also argued that Washington’s support for the Taipei authorities would “put Taiwan in a dangerous situation and bring serious consequences.”

Beijing views Taiwan, which it considers self-governed as part of China’s territory, as its own. Shi stated that the PLA was training. “resolutely thwart any external forces’ interference and secessionist attempts”Taipei

On Monday, Taiwanese Defense Ministry stated that Chinese warplanes flew very close to Taiwan the same day as Senator Tammy Duckworth’s arrival in Taipei. Global Times, the Chinese state newspaper reported that the plane was being trained. “the seizure of air superiority and aerial strikes in a simulation of reunification-by-force.”

TsaiIng-wen, Taiwan’s President, stated that Taipei is seeking to work closer with Washington in security issues. The Pentagon, she said, was also being discussed. “proactively” planning a partnership between the US National Guard and Taiwan’s defense forces.

China and the US have been accusing China of starting military tensions in Taiwan and other parts of the South China Sea. The US President Joe Biden said last week that he would protect Taiwan from Beijing if Beijing attempted to attack the island.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded by warning Washington’s support for Taiwan would have “irreparable consequences.”

Taiwan’s government has taken control after the prolonged civil war that saw Communist forces take over mainland China. Most countries, including the US, follow the ‘one-China policy’, refraining from establishing formal diplomatic ties with Taipei. Washington has been providing Taiwan military assistance for many years. Several US officials have also visited Taiwan to meet with Taiwanese leaders.

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