China launched precise strikes in the Taiwan Strait hours after Nancy Pelosi exited

Beijing : Hours after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taipei, China’s Eastern Military Command said on Thursday it had fired long-range firing in precision strikes in specific areas on the eastern side of the Taiwan Strait. as part of a planned exercise. Chinese naval ships and military aircraft crossed the midline of the Taiwan […]
 


China launched precise strikes in the Taiwan Strait hours after Nancy Pelosi exited

Beijing : Hours after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taipei, China’s Eastern Military Command said on Thursday it had fired long-range firing in precision strikes in specific areas on the eastern side of the Taiwan Strait. as part of a planned exercise.

Chinese naval ships and military aircraft crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait on Thursday morning, a Taiwanese source told Reuters on Thursday. China began military exercises around the main island of Taiwan on Wednesday, hours after the US House speaker departed from Taipei, according to Chinese state media.

Al Jazeera quoted China’s state media as saying that live-fire exercises began in the afternoon local time in six identified areas around the island. The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Wednesday conducted joint combat training exercises in northern, southwestern and southeastern waters and airspace off the island of Taiwan, Xinhua news agency reported.

Under the Eastern Theater Command, the exercise involved troops from the Navy, Air Force, Rocket Force, Strategic Support Force and Logistic Support Force. “The exercise focused on major training sessions, including joint blockades, strikes at sea targets, strikes on ground targets, and testing the combined combat capabilities of troops in airspace control operations and military operations,” Xinhua said.

Responding to a question about the PLA’s decision to launch exercises two days after Pelosi’s arrival, a military expert said the arrangement reflects the military’s rational and responsible attitude as it is time for domestic and foreign civilian ships. and Global Times reported that airlines to evacuate their ships and adjust their flights.

Zhang Junshe, a senior research fellow at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Naval Research, said the exercises included long-range live-fire shooting and conventional missile test launches. According to international conventions, areas of military exercise have to be disclosed three days in advance and 24 hours in advance in case of emergency.

“This is mainly to leave sufficient time for the evacuation of domestic and foreign vessels as well as for the concerned civil airlines to adjust their routes to avoid the areas. The aim of this move is to show a rational and responsible attitude to avoid hurting the common people during the exercise. of the PLA,” Zhang was quoted as saying by the Global Times.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday night an unidentified plane took off over Taiwan’s Kinmen Islands off China’s southeast coast and opened fire in response.

Major General Chang Jon-sung of the army’s Kinmen Defense Command said that the Chinese drones came in a pair and took off twice over the Kinmen area at around 9 pm (6:30 am IST) and 10 pm (7 pm IST) on Wednesday. :30 pm IST), Al Jazeera quoted Reuters news agency as saying.

“We immediately opened fire to issue a warning and drive them away. After that, they turned. They came in our restricted area and hence we dispersed them.” The Group of Seven Developed Countries expressed concern over China’s response to Pelosi’s visit, calling for peace and saying the People’s Republic of China (PRC) moves threatened unnecessary escalation.

Pelosi’s visit, which is also the highest level of US visits in more than two decades, angered China and the communist nation warned the US would “pay the price.”

Pelosi’s visit has fueled more US-China tensions than visits by other members of Congress due to her high-level position as leader of the House of Representatives. She is the first speaker of the House to visit Taiwan in 25 years, since Newt Gingrich in 1997.

The Chinese military had announced to conduct live-fire naval exercises in the Taiwan Strait after Pelosi’s visit, which is primarily seen to build security and economic momentum for the Indo-Pacific and was designed to put pressure on China. It is also seen as a step towards America. In response to its claim on Taiwan, the Pentagon also sent an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea.

Earlier, China sent 27 aircraft to Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), the island’s defense ministry said on Wednesday, hours after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taipei.

China, which claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes any engagement with foreign governments by Taiwanese officials, announced a series of military exercises around the island, issued a series of harsh statements and Even called on US Ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns in protest against Pelosi. Travel to Taiwan. In addition, China has decided to avoid meeting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Cambodia.