Series of Massive Military Drills
After China encircled the island with a series of massive military drills that were denounced by the United States and other Western allies, Taiwan attacked its “evil neighbour next door” on Friday.
China fired ballistic missiles at Taiwan on Thursday as part of military drills that will continue on Friday. Fighter planes and warships were also stationed nearby.
No-Go Danger Zones Were Established
Multiple no-go danger zones were established by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) all the way around Taiwan, crossing some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and, at times, getting as close as 20 kilometres to the island’s coastlines.
Beijing claimed that the war simulations were a “necessary” response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the autonomous, democratic island. Washington, however, retorted that Beijing’s authorities had “decided to overreact.”
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Pelosi Defended her Trip by Asserting
On Friday, Pelosi defended her trip by asserting that Washington “would not permit” China to isolate Taiwan.
On the last part of her Asia visit, she told reporters in Tokyo, “We have said from the start that our representation here is not about changing the status quo here in Asia, changing the status quo in Taiwan.
Su Tseng Chang Urged Allies To Promote De-Escalation
Su Tseng-chang, the premier of Taiwan, meanwhile, urged allies to promote de-escalation.
He told reporters, “(We) didn’t think that the nasty neighbour next door will display its power at our door and arbitrarily put the world’s busiest waterways in danger with its military drills.
We also urge all nations to cooperate in the name of democracy, freedom, and peace, he continued.