he Chinese Army Eastern Operations Command It started on Saturday Joint military exercises On Taiwan in response to the meeting held by the island’s president this week Tsai Ing-wen with a head US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, What Beijing sees as an affront to its claims to the region.
Throughout this weekend and into next Monday, units from Chinese army will affect Artillery maneuvers, naval and air deployment, and dummy missile launches They will “encircle the island of Taiwan from four directions,” explained Eastern Command spokesman Col Shi Yito the Chinese State Daily Global Times.
The spokesman emphasized that these exercises aim to send a “stern message” against “separatist forces demanding Taiwan’s independence and independence.”Collusion with external powersIn “a necessary step to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
These exercises are practically equivalent Dress rehearsal for the siege on the island; stage designed for Preventing both the deployment of Taiwanese forces and outside interference, According to military expert Song Zhongping, the same media consulted him.
The military exercises, which began on Saturday, are divided into two phases. The first consists of Deployment of patrols on combat alert Such as those that have been flying over the Taiwan Strait for months and often cross the so-called “Davis line” Which divides the strait into two parts and is considered the beginning Taiwan Security Zone.
Taiwanese Ministry of Defense discoverer This Saturday at least 42 combat aircraft and eight warshipsAnd confirmed the entry of 29 of those planes field of air defense In the north, center and south of the island.
The second part of the exercise consists of Develop the above joint exercisesin which Fighter planes and warships’ will surround the island while carrying out actual combat-oriented exercises,” according to other military experts, this time on the condition of anonymity, to the Chinese newspaper.
The exercises will culminate on Monday with Live fire training Just off the coast of Pingtan, Fujian Province, China 130 kilometers from Taiwanunder a special military alert to conduct an announced maneuver East China Maritime Safety Administration.
Although the joint exercises will end on Monday, the agency has issued additional alerts for live-fire exercises through April 20 off the coast of Fuzhou, about 90 kilometers north of Pingtan.
(With information from Europa Press)