what is known about the military exercises that China is doing on the island

what is known about the military exercises that China is doing on the island

In response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China launched, Thursday, August 4, as it promised, military exercises on the island. Franceinfo has repeated these maneuvers, the largest that Beijing has carried out around Taiwan, and which will end on Sunday.

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Land, sea and air resources

These military exercises aim to simulate a “blockade” of the island and includes “the attack on sea targets, the hitting of land targets and the control of airspace”, according to the official agency of New China. According to the Chinese newspaper Global Times, land, sea and air must participate in the maneuvers. The daily claims of the state that J-20 fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles participated in these operations. Five helicopters were also seen by AFP reporters at the start of the exercises.

Dongfeng-type missile fire

Beijing admits that “long range live ammunition” will be held in the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from mainland China. The maneuvers, which began Thursday at 6 am (Paris time), really included “conventional missile fire”according to Shi Yi, Chinese military spokesman. “All the missiles hit their target accurately”he said in a statement.

condemn “irrational actions that undermine peace in the region”the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense confirmed that the Chinese army opened fire “11 missiles” Dongfeng-type ballistics “in the waters north, south and east of Taiwan”. Taiwan’s military has not confirmed the exact location where the missiles landed or whether they flew over the island.

From Pingtan, a Chinese island located near the ongoing maneuvers, AFP reporters saw several projectiles fly into the sky after the explosions, leaving plumes of white smoke.

The operations are only 20 km from the coast

China’s order announced “joint naval and air exercises in the north, south-west and south-east sea and air” on the island. Six seas around Taiwan are affected. They are located on busy business routes. In some areas, China’s operations will approach 20 kilometers from the coast of Taiwan, according to the coordinates announced by the army. France 24 lists the areas concerned on this map (in English).

“Some of China’s maneuvers violate Taiwan’s territorial waters”ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Threats if there is a response from Taiwan

For Beijing, these maneuvers “a necessary and legitimate step” after the visit to Taipai by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. “The United States are the provocateurs. China is in self-defense”Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assured the press.

However, China has no desire to escalate the situation, according to experts interviewed by AFP. “If Taiwanese forces intentionally make contact and accidentally open fire, [l’armée chinoise] will respond with force and it will be up to the Taiwanese side to bear all the consequences.”however warned an anonymous Chinese military source to the news agency.

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