Tension has been mounting between China and Taiwan since US Deputy Chief Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan on Tuesday. Thus, Taiwan accused this Saturday the Chinese army of simulating an attack on the island. After announcing on Friday evening the “suspension” of several cooperation agreements with the United States, particularly in the areas of justice, the fight against drugs, but also on climate change, China is intensifying its reprisals by continuing its exercises around the island.
These exercises, which are the largest ever organized around Taiwan, must last until Sunday noon and are presented as training for a “blockade” of the island. Taiwanese authorities announced on Saturday that they had detected “multiple” Chinese planes and ships in the Taiwan Strait between the island and mainland China.
A warning sent to Taiwan and the United States
“Some of them have crossed the median line” which bisects the strait and “are considered to be carrying out a simulation of an attack against the main island of Taiwan”, indicated the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense. For its part, the Chinese army announced that it had deployed fighters, bombers and numerous destroyers and escort boats on Friday to participate in these maneuvers carried out “day and night”.
Such a deployment seen as a warning sent to the Taiwanese president, from an independence party, and to the United States, accused by Beijing of having “betrayed” their word by strengthening their relations with the Taiwanese authorities in recent years. . During the night from Friday to Saturday, the Chinese army published the video of an air force pilot filming, from his cockpit, the coast and the mountains of Taiwan.
Taipei denounces the actions of a “malicious neighbor”
Impressive images supposed to demonstrate Beijing’s ability to approach very close to the coast of the island. For the first time, missiles flew over Taiwan during these military exercises, said Chinese state television CCTV. Neither the Chinese army nor the Taiwanese army, however, confirmed this information. On the Taipei side, the authorities denounced the actions of their “malicious neighbor” and announced that 68 planes and 13 Chinese military ships had crossed the “median line” on Friday.