China condemns Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. Military maneuvers are announced

The Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned the visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, describing it as “serious provocation” and “playing with fire”. The country’s military has announced that it will conduct live ammunition exercises around the island.

Nancy Pelosi is the first prominent American politician to visit Taiwan in 25 years. In 1997, the then Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, flew to the island.

Pelosi’s visit came despite Chinese threats for a military response and the Pentagon’s initial opposition to the visit.

Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan. China: it’s playing with fire

The visit is “a serious political provocation and an escalation of official contacts between the US and Taiwan”; “China will never accept it and the Chinese will never agree to it,” China’s foreign ministry wrote in a comprehensive statement released by state-run Xinhua news agency about 10 minutes after Pelosi’s arrival in Taiwan.

Beijing says US is ‘trying to use Taiwan to control China’, and the visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives is a sign of support for the “separatist actions” of supporters of the independence of Taiwan. “It is a very dangerous act to play with fire, and whoever plays with fire will burn themselves,” he added.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (ALW) Eastern Operations Area command announced on its social channel: that it will conduct a series of combined naval and aviation maneuvers and fire drills in the areas north, southwest and southeast of Taiwan from Tuesday evening Xinhua reported. According to the press release, this should be a serious warning to supporters of Taiwan’s independence in response to US actions.

In a separate message, the Chinese agency reported that: ALW will conduct live ammunition exercises in six water and airspace areas near Taiwan. These maneuvers must continue from Thursday to Sundayand ships and aircraft will not be allowed to enter the designated areas during this period for security reasons, the Chinese agency said.

China punishes Taiwan for Pelosi’s visit. Restrictions were imposed on food imports

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense announced that on the day of arrival in Taipei, the head of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, 21 Chinese military aircraft, including 18 fighter jets, have penetrated Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). In response, the Taiwanese side sent its own warplanes to monitor the situation. Missile defense systems were activated and radio alerts were sent.

It was not the most serious zone violation in history. The record was set in October 2021, when 56 military aircraft from the PRC were in the ADIZ zone. According to experts, the record-breaking raid was linked to the 72nd anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, which was celebrated in Beijing at the time.

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense announced in a statement that China wanted to threaten Taiwanese cities and ports and intimidate the Taiwanese. The Taiwanese ministry has announced that the army is on standby and that the people of Taiwan should not be afraid of Chinese military exercises around the island.

The communist authorities in Beijing recognize democratically governed Taiwan as part of the territory of the PRC and are seeking to take control of Taiwan, without excluding the possibility of using force.

The US does not maintain formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but opposes attempts to unilaterally change the current status quo, and US law requires them to help the island in self-defense.

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