China has started a three-day military exercise with fire towards Taiwan

China has started a three-day military exercise with fire towards Taiwan

Chinese military helicopters fly over the island of Pingtan (China), in the direction of Taiwan, on August 4.

At noon Beijing time, the People’s Liberation Army launched its largest military exercise near Taiwan on Thursday (August 4). The Chinese air force helicopter flew over Pingtan Island in Fujian province towards Taiwan, according to videos from AFP journalists on the spot, and precision missile fire was made.

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After the departure of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who spoke with the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen, Chinese warships and warplanes were deployed in six areas around the island of Taiwan for three days of dangerously disruptive exercises. maritime traffic in the Taiwan Strait, and poses a great risk of military escalation. In fact, the places chosen by the Chinese general staff for the exercises entered the Taiwanese territorial waters (20 kilometers around the coast).

“unreasonable act”

The visit of M.ME Pelosi, the highest US representative to visit Taiwan in 25 years, drew strong protests from China. For Beijing, the visit “seriously affecting the political foundation of China-US relations, seriously violating China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”, insisted in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 2. Beijing warned the United States and Taiwan “serious consequences” but above all the independent island, over which Beijing claims sovereignty, bears the brunt of China’s wrath. In two separate press releases, the leaders of the rich countries of the G7 and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), expressed their concern and called for the reduction of tensions.

On Wednesday, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense protested: “Some of China’s maneuver areas have violated Taiwan’s territorial waters,” said Sun Li-fang, the spokesman for the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense, jokingly “an unjustified act aimed at challenging the international order”. In two separate statements, the leaders of the rich countries of the G7 and the ASEAN, which met this time in Phnom Penh in the presence of the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, expressed their concern and called for a de- escalation. of tensions. Thursday morning, Taiwan clarified its approach: “The Ministry of National Defense emphasizes that it will respect the principle of preparing for war without seeking war. » The ministry also indicated that Taiwan’s military fired a flare at night from Wednesday to Thursday, to divert a drone flying over Kinmen Island, a small Taiwanese territory less than 10 kilometers off the coast of China.

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