What the Chinese military exercise left in Taiwan

What the Chinese military exercise left in Taiwan
What the Chinese military exercise left in Taiwan

China concluded a two-day large-scale military exercise on Friday, deploying 111 aircraft and 46 warships around Taiwan. From the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan they reported that 82 Chinese planes crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait and approached its contiguous area.

The exercises, considered a “punishment” for new Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te, focused on combat readiness and precision strikes against key targets, involving China’s ground, naval, air and rocket forces. As analysts explained to The News Lens, this deployment was “significantly closer” to Taiwan than previous exercises, increasing the risk of collision or misunderstandings that could lead to an escalation of the conflict.

In addition, they indicated that the Chinese military simulated scenarios of a possible invasion of Taiwan, focusing on blockade operations and precision strikes. Chieh Chung, a researcher at the National Policy Foundation of Taiwan, highlighted to the same media that for the first time coast guard ships were deployed to patrol near the peripheral islands of Kinmen and Matsu, which could indicate an intention to strengthen their military capabilities.

Su Tzu-yun also noted that the inclusion of these ships in the exercises underlines China’s readiness for joint operations and control of strategic areas in a conflict. Analysts agree that these exercises test Taiwan’s defense readiness, reducing its room for maneuver and increasing tension in the Taiwan Strait.

US support for Taiwan

A US congressional delegation met with Taiwan’s new president, Lai Ching-te, on Monday in a clear sign of support following China’s recent military drills around the island. Andy Barr, co-chair of the Taiwan caucus in Congress, said the United States is committed to supporting Taiwan militarily, diplomatically and economically.

“There should be no doubt, there should be no skepticism in the United States, Taiwan or anywhere in the world, about the American determination to maintain the status quo and peace in the Taiwan Strait,” the Republican said during a press conference. in the capital Taipei after the delegation met with President Lai Ching-te.

The delegation, led by Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, included Republicans such as Young Kim and Joe Wilson, and Democrats such as Jimmy Panetta and Chrissy Houlahan. Last year, China sanctioned McCaul after a similar visit to Taiwan.

Paraguay is also pronounced

For its part, the Government of Paraguay, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed concern about the military actions of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the Taiwan Strait and around Taiwan. Through an official statement, they advocated for peace and stability in the region.

“Paraguay observes with concern and condemns the military exercises carried out by the People’s Republic of China in the vicinity of the Republic of China (Taiwan). These constitute a serious threat to the balance of the region. “Paraguay advocates peace and stability in the world,” said the statement from the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry cited by Taiwan News.

Days ago, Paraguayan President Santiago Peña, along with his delegation, traveled to Taiwan to attend the inauguration of President Lai and participate in meetings with investors.

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Sources: Taiwan News, The News Lens & The Globe and Mail

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