The Chinese military news launched extensive drills around Taiwan, sending shockwaves through the region and raising concerns over escalating tensions.
Chinese Military News Highlights Drills Amid U.S. Visit
This move comes as Chinese military news outlets announced that the exercises were a stern response to the recent visit of Taiwanese Vice President William Lai to the United States. The maneuvers were labeled a “stern warning” against perceived collaboration between “separatists and foreign forces.” The drills, which involved the coordinated efforts of vessels and planes, showcased China’s readiness to seize control of air and sea spaces. Chinese military news reports revealed that the exercises were aimed at testing the forces’ actual combat capabilities and simulating scenarios where they could encircle Taiwan effectively. State media CCTV and Chinese military news disclosed that missile-equipped boats and fighter jets played a significant role in the operation. Taiwan’s defense ministry responded swiftly, revealing that it had detected 45 Chinese military news aircraft and nine vessels within its vicinity during a 24-hour period. A total of 27 aircraft, including fighter jets, crossed the unofficial midline of the Taiwan Strait, breaching the island’s air defense identification zone.
Among the detected aircraft by the China military news were Su-30, J-10, and J-11 fighters, some of which crossed the Taiwan Strait’s unofficial midline, breaching the island’s air defense identification zone. In response, Taiwan activated its defense systems, deploying aircraft, vessels, and land-based missile systems. The defense ministry condemned what it referred to as “irrational, provocative moves” by the Chinese military news and affirmed its readiness to safeguard national security. Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, took to the X platform (formerly Twitter), asserting that China’s intentions to influence Taiwan’s national election were apparent and urging the international community to respect the region’s peace. China military news agency reported statements from an unnamed official in China’s Taiwan Work Office, strongly condemning further perceived collusion between Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the United States. The official pointed to Vice President Lai’s stopovers, interviews, and meetings during his U.S. visit, accusing him of using “Taiwan independence” rhetoric. Lai is also facing accusations of attempting to jeopardize Taiwan’s interests for personal gains, leading to China military news concerns that his actions could push the region closer to conflict.