BEIJING: The People’s Liberation Army began a massive joint air and naval exercise encircling Taiwan that will last until Sunday afternoon in an unprecedented war game between the mainland and the self-ruled island.
According to an announcement by the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command, which oversees the Taiwan Strait, several exercises are underway in six areas shortly after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taipei on Tuesday night. According to state broadcaster CCTV, Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday afternoon and the exercise began on Thursday afternoon.

Taiwan’s air force retrieved armed Mirage 2000 and F-5 fighter jets early Thursday to monitor the situation ahead of the PLA’s war games, Taiwanese media reported.

The study found that Beijing is stepping up its campaign of intimidation against Taipei after the US congresswoman’s visit, after repeatedly warning it would mount the “fiercest resistance”.

It was the first time that the PLA had conducted such a large and complex war game, which it considered an actual blockade of the island, almost all of the PLA drill areas were along the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait and also covered sensitive areas of Taiwan. Area East Coast.
Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province that must be subjugated by force if necessary. Most countries, including the United States, do not recognize Taiwan as an independent country and support Beijing’s one-China policy. However, Washington opposes any use of force to change the status quo.

In addition to live exercises involving the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Eastern Theater Command said it would conduct conventional missile tests off the island’s east coast, where Taiwan’s air force is based.

Neighbors warned of ‘provocative action’.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reached out to China’s Southeast Asian neighbors to protest Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

“The US’s provocative behavior on the Taiwan issue is not an accident but a planned farce,” Wang said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday.

The US ploy to ‘use Taiwan to control China’ will fail and will not change the historical trend of Taiwan’s inevitable return to the homeland.
ASEAN foreign ministers on Thursday warned against “provocative actions” in the Taiwan Strait. The ministers said in a joint statement issued on Thursday, “The situation may lead to miscalculation, serious conflict, open conflict and unpredictable consequences between major powers.”
On Wednesday, Vietnam’s foreign ministry said it would stick to its “one-China policy” and called on all sides to avoid escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

A drone flew over Cuomo from the mainland.
On Wednesday night, hours after Pelosi left the island to visit Beijing, a drone from mainland China was spotted flying over Comoy, Taiwan, angering Beijing.
Taiwan’s military said an unidentified aircraft was spotted flying over Comoy and later identified as a drone.
Since the 1950s, no mainland military aircraft including drones have flown over Cuomoise.

According to the ministry, soldiers in Cuomoy fired on the drones to warn and maintain combat readiness.
The Kuomoi Archipelago is only 3.2 kilometers off the coast of mainland China, but is governed by the autonomous island of Taiwan.
Taiwan’s military said it used combined intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to “fully understand” the situation.
Taiwan’s military said it could “quickly respond to emergency situations.”

A PLA exercise circumnavigates the island

According to Meng Jiangqing, a professor at the National Defense University, the exercises include the eastern part of Pingtan Island in the mainland’s Fujian Province, as well as areas off the coast of Keelung Port in northern Taiwan. Hualien and Taitung are two military bases in the eastern part of Taiwan. He also said that the aim of the exercise was to block the airspace over the Bashi Channel and Kaohsiung.
“The six major areas of this military exercise are the training areas closest to the island of Taiwan,” he told mainland China’s state broadcaster CCTV. “He has surrounded the island of Taiwan.”

Destroyer east of Taiwan

According to defense analyst HI Sutton, a mainland Chinese guided-missile destroyer, probably of the Type 055 Renhai class, was operating east of Taiwan on Thursday morning.
The Type 055 is considered only the second in power of the US Navy’s Zumwalt-class stealth ships. It is intended to be a multi-role warship with weapons capable of anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare.
The destroyers are also equipped with the country’s most advanced integrated electric propulsion system, allowing them to travel up to 10,000 nautical miles without refueling – 212 times that of the PLA’s most numerous in-service warship, the Type 054 multi-role frigate More.

This morning, a Chinese missile destroyer was operating east of Taiwan. Described as a Type-055 Renhai class cruiser, presumably.

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