Armed Forces China launching combat drills near Taiwan on Friday last week. Beijing said the drills were conducted to improve coordination of joint combat operations.
China’s People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command said its naval and air force assets held the combat drills in the east and southwest of Taiwan.
“This exercise is to further test and enhance the combined combat capability of various services and weapons,” the Chinese commando said in a statement, as quoted by the statement. Reuters on Sunday (8/5).
Meanwhile, the Taiwan Air Force said as many as 18 Chinese fighter jets entered its air defense zone during the exercise.
Similar incidents were repeated over the weekend despite Taiwan warnings against the Chinese military.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said China deployed a variety of its fighter jets including bombers and anti-submarine warfare in the drills.
Taipei said no shots were fired from the Chinese warplanes in Taiwan’s air zone. Even so, the government of President Tsai Ing-wen continues to be on guard against any threat of Chinese military activity.
Taiwan has constantly complained about increased Chinese military activity near its territory over the past two years, as President Tsai has continued to liberate her territory from Beijing.
Meanwhile, China views Taiwan as a territory of dissidents seeking to secede. President Xi Jinping has even repeatedly emphasized that China will not hesitate to do everything, including the military, to thwart Taiwan’s efforts to gain independence.
Even so, Xi is still trying to reunite Taiwan through peaceful means.
In the past two years, China has often deployed ships and military aircraft to carry out provocative maneuvers around Taiwan.
Hundreds of Chinese fighter jets have repeatedly breached Taiwan’s air defenses in recent years.
To counter any threat from China, Taiwan continues to strive to modernize its military, including conducting missile tests and exercises off its southern and southeastern coasts last week.
This Chinese military exercise also takes place at a time when Beijing is said to be carefully studying Russia’s move to invade Ukraine to decide on a move against Taiwan.
The head of the United States intelligence agency (CIA), Bill Burns, said China was trying to control Taiwan directly.
“Obviously China’s leaders are trying to see carefully what lessons they can learn from Ukraine about their own ambitions and Taiwan’s,” Burns said. AFPSunday (8/5).