Did you miss the latest events related to the renewed tension over Taiwan? don’t panic, 20 minutes It has been taking stock every day, since the visit of Nancy Pelosi, the third-ranked US and Speaker of the House of Representatives, which has greatly cooled relations between China and the US. Who did what? Who said what? Where are we ? The answer is below:
Taiwan’s military conducted new live-fire exercises on Thursday, after Beijing, which continues to threaten, ended its largest-ever military maneuvers around the island. Lu Wei Jie, a spokesman for the Army’s Eighth Corps, said the Taiwanese troops fired howitzers and flares as part of the defensive exercises.
These maneuvers began in Pingtung County (south) at 2:30 AM and lasted an hour. A live broadcast showed artillery pieces lined up on the coast and soldiers storming units and shooting towards the sea. According to the military, hundreds of men took part in these two courses.
The authorities downplayed the scope of these exercises, making sure that these exercises were indeed scheduled and were not in response to those of China. Lu Wei Jie explained that the new exercises held by Taiwan on Thursday have two “objectives”, “ensure good and well-maintained artillery condition” and “confirm the results” of previous military exercises organized in 2021.
The Chinese military threat has not diminished. »
These are the words Tsai Ing-wen wrote on Facebook. During a visit to an Air Force command center, the President of Taiwan thanked the soldiers and added: “We will not escalate the conflict or stir up disagreements, we will resolutely defend our sovereignty and national security. On the first line, democracy and freedom . . . “
21. That’s how many Chinese planes were spotted by Taiwan on Thursday. Six ships also moved through the Taiwan Strait. Taipei did not say whether it was carrying out operations. Among the Chinese planes, 11 crossed the unofficial demarcation line between China and Taiwan, which Beijing has not recognized.
Beijing has announced the end of its exercises in the Taiwan Strait, saying its forces “carried out various tasks” while vowing to continue guarding its waters. In the same statement, China confirmed that it would “continue to conduct military exercises and prepare for war.” For its part, the CPC Taiwan Affairs Office responded to the Taiwan exercises by downplaying the “rebellious actions of Taipei” which “cannot stop the historical trend of reunification” with mainland China.
Moreover, in Washington, Nancy Pelosi said she was “very proud” of her visit to Taiwan, asserting that Beijing used it as an “excuse” to launch its military exercises. To speak to the press: We will not let Beijing isolate Taiwan. »
Lots of statements that, according to experts, do not herald a warmth in relations between China and Taiwan and the United States that have deteriorated significantly since Tsai Ing-wen became president of Taiwan in 2016.