(ANSA) – BEIJING, AUGUST 15 – The Ministry of Defense of Taiwan, on the day of the announcement of “a joint patrol and combat mission” by the Chinese armed forces in response to the visit to Taipei by the delegation of the US Congress, detected at 5 pm local time (11 in Italy) 5 warships and 30 fighters, with 15 flying through the midline of the Taiwan Strait, the unofficial buffer area that Beijing said it had canceled. “We condemn the People’s Liberation Army (of Beijing) for jeopardizing the peace and security of our region with the announcements of military exercises,” a statement from Taipei read.
China, which considers Taiwan a rebellious Chinese province to be reunified even with the use of force if necessary, has announced that it has conducted new military exercises around Taiwan. The announcement follows the surprise arrival on the island yesterday of a delegation from the US Congress, less than two weeks after the visit of the speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who had already provoked the harsh response from Beijing. The visit to Taiwan by the US congressional delegation led by Senator Ed Markey “flagrantly violates the ‘One China’ principle and the three joint Sino-American communiques, as well as China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, sending the wrong signal to separatist forces of Taiwan’s independence and exposing the very true face of the United States as a disruptor and destroyer of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. ” This was stated in a note by the spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry Wu Qian, for whom Taiwan is “from China and no foreign interference is allowed”. The Chinese army calls the maneuvers a “deterrent”. (HANDLE).
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