Beijing Chinese officials said on Wednesday that the recent increase in military exercises and combat operations near Taiwan, which have raised concerns in the region, are necessary to protect the country’s sovereignty and the region.
Chinese troops flew 56 aircraft off the southwest coast of Taiwan on the first day of this month. This is a one-day record that concludes four days of sustained pressure operation with 149 flights. Although everyone was in international airspace, the exhibition raised fears that any failure could lead to an unintended increase in the area.
Taiwan sees China’s move as fueling China’s threat to put the alleged islands under military control if necessary. During the civil war of 1949, the two camps separated and there is no official contact information.
The operation was intended to “fundamentally protect the overall interests of the Chinese people and the vital interests of the people on both sides of the Straits of Taiwan,” said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the cabinet’s Taiwan Secretariat. where did it go.
“The People’s Liberation Army exercise is a necessary action to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Ma told reporters at a biweekly news conference in Beijing.
Ma blamed the actions of Taiwan’s independence-oriented, democratically elected government against “external forces” for escalating tensions.
External observers say the military exercises are intended to provide civilians combating their leaders in a form of psychological warfare, while undermining Taiwan’s physical defense capabilities through wear and tear.
Taiwan, a close ally of the United States, scrambled jets to intercept Chinese aircraft and activate missile air defense systems. We are also working to strengthen our defense capabilities by purchasing new technology from the United States and developing an in-house system, including submarines.
Opinion polls show that the majority of Taiwanese are in favor of maintaining a de facto independent status without accepting China’s demands for political unity.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Sunday to protect the island from rising Chinese pressure after a week of unprecedented tensions with Beijing.
He said that on the day Chinese leader Xi Jinping said that the takeover of Taiwan “must be realized”, it was best brought about by peaceful means.
However, Xi said, “we must not underestimate the determination, will and ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Such rhetoric is well known, but many wish China to solve the “Taiwan problem” and Taiwan’s guidance to maintain the status quo of de facto independence. We see the potential for conflict arising from the determination of the individual.
Taiwan’s defense minister, Chiu Kuo-chen, acknowledged earlier this month that China was in its most dire situation in 40 years since joining forces and that China had a “broad” capability to invade Taiwan by 2025. .
In a meeting with reporters this week, political scientist Sherry Rieger said the situation seemed more dire, but was probably used as a deterrent.
“So I try to discourage Taiwan from imagining that it has some opportunity to change its position, and that it is more difficult for the United States to provide aid to Taiwan and lay siege to Taiwan.” Rieger, who has been overseeing Taiwanese politics for several years at Davidson College in North Carolina, said.
“I also think there’s an element that the PLA will test its operational capabilities, so it’s like killing two birds with one stone. You’re sending a powerful message to Taiwan and the United States. At least that gets more flight time,” Rieger said.
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