China says the military exercise involving ships and fighter jets was a “solemn warning” to America after President Joe Biden pledged his support to Taiwan
As the war in Ukraine rages on, new concerns have been raised about Taiwan after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Command conducted a “live fire” military exercise in the South China Sea.
State-backed media outlet The People’s Daily reported that China has organized “various branches of the armed forces for joint patrols and live fire drills” in the seas around Taiwan.
PLA spokesman Senior Colonel Shi Yi said the exercise was intended as a warning to the United States.
US Joe Biden had expressed his support for the breakaway republic at a press conference in Tokyo and confirmed that the US would take “military” action to defend the island in the event of a Chinese attack.
“Taiwan is a part of China, and the PLA Eastern Theater Command is committed to upholding national sovereignty and regional peace and stability,” Colonel Shi said Wednesday.
He added that the PLA’s joint naval and air combat readiness exercise was a “solemn warning of the recent collusion between the United States and Taiwan.”
“It is hypocritical and futile for the United States to say one thing and do another on the Taiwan issue,” Shi added.
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The four-page security dialog [QSD]an international peacekeeping forum organized by Australia, India, Japan and the US to counter Chinese territorial claims in the region warned China against any attempts to invade Taiwan.
A statement from the group said: “We firmly oppose any coercive, provocative or unilateral measures aimed at changing the status quo and increasing tensions in the region, such as the militarization of disputed features, the dangerous use of coast guard vessels and naval militias and efforts to disrupt other countries’ offshore resource exploitation activities.”
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida added: “As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shakes the fundamental principles of the international order… (we) have confirmed that unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force will not be tolerated anywhere, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.” “.
When the SDF leaders met, reports surfaced that a “provocative” formation of Chinese and Russian military planes had flown over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea, reminding observers of the mutual assistance agreement between the two nations.