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Taiwan accuses Beijing of air and sea blockade

China intends to hold a series military drills all around the island

Taiwan’s defense officials have accused Beijing of “invading”After China pledged to launch a series, the Chinese government formally recognized that Wednesday was Tuesday’s date for the islands’ territorial waters and airspace. “targeted military operations” in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

Taipei military officials claimed that the exclusion areas surrounding Taipei, in which China plans to hold live-fire drills this week, intersect with “Taiwan’s territorial space.” According to the Guardian, Taipei accused Beijing of violating “UN rules”With what it claimed, would constitute a “de facto” “blockade of Taiwan’s air and sea space”  

Beijing accuses ofwaging “psychological warfare on Taiwan and citizens,” Taipei pledged to “firmly defend its national security” and boost its military preparedness to the highest level, while adhering to the “principle of not asking for a war.”

Pelosi arrived 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,” defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said, without providing any further detail.

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. The military drills are expected to start on Thursday following Pelosi’s departure.



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