Taiwan makes defense pledge – Reuters — Analysis
The self-governed island says it can handle threats arising from the US House speaker’s expected arrival
Taiwan is home to “full grasp”military activity in the area amid tensions and China. “enemy threats,”According to Reuters, the statement was made by Defense Ministry.
According to the statement, Taiwan’s military has the “determination, ability and confidence” to ensure the island’s security, and has drawn up emergency plans.
Reuters cited an anonymous source who was familiar with the situation and stated that several Chinese warplanes had flown close to the Taiwan Strait median line earlier Tuesday. This followed several instances this week of air activity from Chinese planes in Taiwan’s southwest airspace.
Beijing-Taipei tensions escalated after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was scheduled to travel to Taiwan on Tuesday evening, and will meet leader Tsai Tong-wen.
Pelosi’s office did not mention Taiwan as a destination for the speaker’s Asia tour, although news of her impending arrival has been reported by Taiwanese media and various western outlets, quoting US and Taiwanese officials.
Prior to Pelosi’s departure for Asia, news circulated that she might include Taiwan in her itinerary, but numerous US officials warned the speaker of the possible repercussions of doing so.
Beijing was vocal and warned that Taiwan is an issue of grave concern. This was reportedly the main item discussed in a phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden, according to the Chinese side’s readout of the call.
Adding to concerns, commercial flights in China’s Fujian province near Taiwan have been disrupted, Taiwan’s presidential office has been targeted by an overseas DDoS attack, and a bomb threat has been sent to Taiwan’s Taoyuan international airport.
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