there China announced the start of three-day military exercises around Taiwan. Move in response to the meeting in Florida between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy, despite threats from Beijing. In fact, the Chinese army’s Eastern Theater Command declared that today’s maneuvers are “a solemn warning of the collusion of Taiwanese separatist forces with outside forces and a necessary step to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Dubbed “United Sword Sharp,” Colonel Shi said the maneuvers would include “combat-ready patrols and exercises in and around the Taiwan Strait, north, south and east Taiwan and over the sea and airspace as planned.” People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said that 42 Chinese warplanes flew over the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the Chinese mainland, after the Chinese army launched military exercises. He added that 29 Chinese warplanes crossed the center line into the strait in the air defense identification zone. In addition, the note continues, eight Chinese People’s Army ships have been sighted in the strait.
“The people of Taiwan love democracy,” and as the Taipei government, “we look forward to strengthening cooperation with the United States on security matters.” This is President Tsai Ing-wen’s response to the Chinese military exercise. He added, “We want to continue to cooperate with the United States and other countries in defending democracy and freedom,” speaking of the “years of authoritarian expansion” that we have witnessed “in recent years.”
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