Taiwan Says China Is Preparing For An Invasion

Taiwan Says China Is Preparing For An Invasion

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu warned that China is preparing for the invasion of that country, carrying out large-scale military exercises and missile launches, as well as cyber attacks, disinformation and economic coercion.

The official said that given the extent of its missile tests, China is trying to deter other countries from interfering with its attempt to invade Taiwan.

“China’s large-scale military exercises are a serious provocation and China has used US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as a pretext, but she manifests her true intentions in various ways.” Wu indicated in a press conference, whose statements are collected in the newspaper Taiwan News.

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The diplomat said that China’s real intention behind the military exercises is to upset the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and in the entire region.

“China has threatened Taiwan militarily for years and has openly declared that the Taiwan Strait is its property, denying the status quo that it is an international waterway. This time, China has also taken concrete steps to break the long-standing tacit agreement on the middle line of the Taiwan Strait, and after the drills are over, China may try to make its action routine in a bid to destroy the long-term status quo on this important shipping lane,” he said.

He viewed China’s actions as a serious violation of Taiwan’s rights, particularly in the way it designated areas for its exercises.

“Such exercises have hampered the normal operations of one of the busiest air and sea routes in the Indo-Pacific region, undermining regional peace and security. Therefore, Taiwan strongly condemns China’s extremely irresponsible behavior,” he explained.

Wu said that facing China’s military drills, the people, military and government in Taiwan have shown resilience and confidence, and remained calm.

“China’s continued attempts to intimidate Taiwan will not scare or defeat us. Taiwan will continue to firmly uphold its free and democratic way of life,” Wu said.

China began live-fire drills in six large areas around Taiwan on Thursday, the day after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.

The AFP agency indicates that the exercises should end in principle on Sunday at noon, at 04:00 pm, according to the Chinese maritime security administration.

But on Sunday, neither China nor Taiwan confirmed their conclusion, although Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation had mentioned a partial reduction.

To show how close it was to Taiwan’s shores, the Chinese military released a video of the island’s coastline and mountains shot by a pilot.

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