China announces new military drills as US delegation visits Taiwan

Republic of China forces in Taiwan. [Photo: Twitter/MoNDefense]

China announces more military drills around Taiwan as the island’s president meets with the new United States congressional delegation, international media reported on Monday.

As per a report by Associated Press, China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the island’s president met with members of a new US congressional delegation on Monday, in a further sign of support among American lawmakers for the self-governing island Beijing claims as its own.

Taiwanese media showed the delegation arriving for the talks, but details of the meeting were not immediately released. The delegation was due to depart later Monday on a US government plane,

The visit came less than two weeks after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, which prompted days of threatening military exercises by China, including the firing of missiles over the island and into the Taiwan Strait. Pelosi is the highest-level member of the US government to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

China also sent warplanes and navy ships across the waterway’s median, which has long been a buffer between the sides that separated amid the civil war in 1949. China regards formal contact between US politicians and the island’s government as support for its independence from Beijing, the international news agency reported.

Additional drills in the seas and skies surrounding Taiwan were announced by China’s People’s Liberation Army on Monday, the Defense Ministry and its Eastern Theater Command announced in a statement.

The exercises are intended as a “resolute response and solemn deterrent against collusion and provocation between the US and Taiwan,” the report said citing the ministry statement.

China’s previous two weeks of threatening exercises prompted Taiwan to put its military on alert but were met largely with defiance and apathy among the public.



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