As many as 24 Chinese planes and six ships were discovered Friday by Taiwan’s defense ministry near its territory, two days after China halted large-scale military exercises near the self-governed island.
“Six PLAN ships and 24 PLA aircraft around our surrounding region were detected today (August 12, 2022) to 1700 (GMT+8). #ROCarmedForces have been monitoring the situation and responding to these activities with aircraft in CAP, naval vessels and land missile systems,” the Taiwan Ministry of Defense said in a tweet.
After US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan against China’s will, Beijing began holding large-scale military exercises as she threatened to take over the self-ruled island. After more than a week of training near Taiwan, China announced on Wednesday that it has ended its military exercises simulating an attack on the island.
Today (August 12, 2022) to 1700(GMT+8), 6 PLAN ships and 24 PLA aircraft were detected around our surrounding region. #ROCARmedForces have monitored the situation and responded to these activities with aircraft in the CAP, naval vessels and land-based missile systems. pic.twitter.com/f0AxHneLYy
— 國防部 Ministry of National Defence, ROC ???????? (@MoNDefense) August 12, 2022
The Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said it had successfully completed several missions during recent exercises around Taiwan and effectively tested the forces’ joint operative combat capability, state media outlet Global Times reported.
The Chinese military said it will conduct regular combat readiness patrols in the Taiwan Strait.
In response to the Chinese threat, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said it remains vigilant after an announcement by the PLA to halt the exercises.
“While PLA Eastern Theater announced that they have ended their joint military operation and will conduct routine patrols, ROC ArmedForces will adjust the way we deploy our armed forces, taking into account multiple factors, including troop morale and threats, without raising our vigilance. slacken,” the ministry said in a statement. previous tweet.
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Tuesday that China has used the military exercises to influence the international community’s freedom of navigation in the waters and airspace of the Taiwan Strait and to prepare for an invasion. .
Joseph Wu said China’s decision to conduct military exercises in the areas around Taiwan is a gross violation of Taiwan’s rights under international law and poses a serious threat to regional peace and security.
China justified its large-scale military exercises and airspace violations in the East and South China Seas, saying on Tuesday that the country is now preparing for any scenario after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is a major provocation that has improved US-Taiwan relations and poses a real threat to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. adding that China should prepare for every possible scenario.
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