China on Saturday warned the US not to fuel a “greater crisis” over Taiwan as it ramped up its military exercises and fighter-plane raids in the Taiwan Strait for the third day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, which Beijing said was is considered a challenge. his claims to sovereignty over the self-governed island.
Taiwan on Saturday says it detected multiple Chinese aircraft and naval vessels participating in military exercises around the Taiwan Strait in what could be a possible simulated attack on the island.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said some Chinese aircraft and ships have crossed the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait separating the island from mainland China.
While the scale of the military exercises has led to speculation that China may be preparing to invade Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi downplayed the reports.
“It is a complete rumor and slander that the US is claiming that China has changed the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,” he said.
Pelosi’s high-profile visit to Taipei on Wednesday and her meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders infuriated China, which views the self-governed democratic island as its territory to be reunited with the mainland, even by force.
Secretary of State Wang has warned the US not to “ignite a greater crisis” over Taiwan while defending the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)’s unprecedented military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, including firing rockets over the island.
Wang, who attended the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Phnom Penh, was quoted in the official media here as saying that the usual tactic of the US is to create the problems first and then use them to achieve their goal. reach.
“But this approach will not work in China,” he said.
“We must solemnly warn the US not to act hastily or create a bigger crisis,” he said, a day after Beijing imposed sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family.
China has also halted cooperation with the US in several key areas, including climate change, military affairs and efforts to fight international crime.
“The People’s Republic of China is the only legal government that represents all of China. This is the real status quo of the Taiwan issue,” said Wang, refuting criticism of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who accused Beijing of overshadowing the status. change. quo on Taiwan, using Pelosi’s visit as an excuse.
Blinken, who is also in Phnom Penh, told media on Friday that China’s military exercises around Taiwan in response to Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island are a disproportionate and unwarranted escalation.
“There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalating military response,” Blinken said on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting, adding, “now they have taken dangerous acts to a new level.” For the third day on Saturday, China continued joint combat exercises in the northern, southwestern and eastern waters and airspace off the island of Taiwan, as planned, in an effort to successively test the joint operations capability of the theater command troops.
The four-day exercises in China were announced on Thursday.
It is not clear whether the PLA, which has been deployed for the army’s largest mobilization, including the deployment of an aircraft group and a nuclear submarine, will announce another series of exercises.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying defended the PLA military exercises and said Japan said China fired four missiles over Taiwan. will have the right understanding of this.”
Pelosi, 82, is the most senior US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.
The PLA also announced Monday’s new series of war games in the northern Yellow Sea off the South Korean coast in a stark warning to US troops stationed there.
China’s Maritime Safety Administration issued a navigation warning that the exercises would last 14 days.
The PLA’s Eastern Theater Command said on Saturday it was continuing joint combat exercises and training in the northern, southwestern and eastern waters and airspace of the Chinese island of Taiwan as planned, official media reported.
On Friday, the Air Force under the PLA Eastern Theater Command sent multi-type combat aircraft including fighter jets, bombers, early warning aircraft, electronic reconnaissance aircraft to conduct exercises on combat missions such as airspace control, air support and cover, air strike, reconnaissance and early warning around the island of Taiwan.
Overwhelmed by the scale of China’s military buildup, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that “several PLA vessels were detected around the Taiwan Strait, some have crossed the median line” separating the mainland and the island.
As many as 49 PLA planes flew over the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait’s centerline on August 5, 2022.
“The recent coercion of the PRC exercises around us was designed to change the status quo of the Taiwan Strait, violated our sovereignty and created tensions in the Indo-Pacific region. #ROCarmedForces do not seek escalation, but we succumb for no challenge and respond with reason,” it said.
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