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China’s military exercises amount to blockade of Taiwan

Chinese State TV reported that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will conduct regular exercises east of the median line in the Taiwan Strait. Also, Chinese officialdom noted that the so-called "Taiwan territorial waters" do not exist, since Taiwan has been recognized internationally by the UN as part of China.

Published: August 8, 2022, 10:43 am

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    China is making good use of the excuse given by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi to increase its military activity around the island and rethink many of the approaches to this activity of previous years.

    In the meantime, China intends to continue the current exercise, which will last until at least August 15 (if it is not extended again). The exercise has resulted in a blockade of sorts and is already causing economic damage to Taiwan due to the cancellation of various flights and delays in the arrival of merchant ships on the island due to the military movements. This is in addition to the already imposed and forthcoming economic sanctions against Taiwan by the mainland.

    The tensions in the Taiwan Strait were provoked by the US, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense. China’s countermeasures, including cancelling military theater-commander level dialogue, are justified and proper, he added.

    Meanwhile, more than 160 countries, accounting for over 80 percent of the world’s population, have reiterated their commitment to the one-China principle after the US high-delegation’s visit to the island.

    It is therefore clear that Taiwan will be paying for Pelosi’s visit first of all.

    Chinese media also explained the reasons why the PRC had chosen specific areas around Taiwan for military exercises:

    • Northwest: break through the so-called “border line” in the Taiwan Strait;
    • East side: Target the military bases in Hualien and Taitung and form a frontal strike position;
    • Southern part: ensure effective control of entry and exit from Bashi Strait;
    • Southwest: Surround and control military bases in Kaohsiung and allow six exercise zones to blockade the island of Taiwan.

    Two zones in the northeastern part remain unexplained, not far from the Japanese islands claimed by China.

    From the explanations, it appears that Beijing is implementing an operational plan to seize Taiwan and is testing its effectiveness in a simulated combat situation.

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