Fear of war in Taiwan: China announces military maneuvers again | politics

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China intensifies war fears in Taiwan!

After US top politician Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan almost two weeks ago, the Chinese leadership is increasing the pressure and continuing to play with the fear of war. China announced new military maneuvers off the democratic island of Taiwan, which considers itself independent.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirmed “activity” from 30 military aircraft and five ships around Taiwan.

Reason: A delegation of five US Congressmen has traveled to the island republic. The Chinese military responded to the visit with a “combat exercise in the waters and airspace around Taiwan.”

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen with US Congressmen and other Taiwanese officials during the meeting at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan on Monday (August 15)

Photo: NHG/AP

Despite the threats from Beijing, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (65) received the five congressmen led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey in the presidential palace in Taipei on Monday.

The communist leadership sees the island of Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic, firmly rejects official contacts from other countries to Taipei and even threatens military conquest. Taiwan, on the other hand, has long considered itself independent.

Beijing spoke of a new “provocation” by the USA and announced further maneuvers. The People’s Liberation Army will hold air and sea exercises around Taiwan to deter the US and Taiwan, Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said. China’s military will continue to “prepare for war,” “defend China’s sovereignty,” and “crush Taiwan separatism and foreign attempts at interference.”.

► After Pelosi’s visit, Beijing began large-scale maneuvers around Taiwan. Among other things, a sea and air blockade and a possible conquest were practiced. Eleven ballistic missiles were also launched, one of which flew directly over Taiwan not far from the capital for the first time. It was the largest military show of force in decades.

US Senator Markey called Taiwan an “important beacon for democracy, human rights and freedom of expression,” as quoted by the presidential office. In defending these values, Taiwan is threatened every day. “We have a moral obligation to do everything we can to prevent unnecessary conflict.”

China sanctions Taiwan politicians after US visit

Amid ongoing tensions, China has imposed sanctions on seven Taiwanese politicians and government officials. The politicians and their family members are no longer allowed to travel to mainland China or the Chinese special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. They were also forbidden from doing business. In addition, further punitive measures would be taken.

Those affected include Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s representative in the United States, and Ker Chien-Ming, majority leader of the ruling DPP party in Taiwan’s Legislative Council.