China announces military drills near Taiwan; PLA on high alert

FILE – The first team of Taiwan artillerywomen poses for the press during the annual Han Kuang exercises in Pingtung

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Biden on Monday said that Washington is prepared to get involved militarily to safeguard Taiwan

  • Biden met with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan on Monday

  • Biden reaffirmed Washington’s obligation to guaranteeing the security of the Taiwan Strait

Days after US President Joe Biden said Washington would intercede militarily assuming Beijing attempted to reunify with Taiwan forcibly, China on Wednesday declared military drills around the island. China keeps on seeing Taiwan as its area even following quite a while of independent administration. Chinese President Xi Jinping even took steps to take the island, if necessary.

“The new watch and preparing practices by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) around the Taiwan Island were essential activities against the conspiracy among Taiwan and the United States,” a Chinese protection representative was cited as saying by Xinhua on Wednesday.

Tan Kefei, the representative for the Ministry of National Defense, said that the PLA Eastern Theater Command had as of late coordinated a joint conflict readiness ready watch and battle preparing practices including troops of different administrations and arms in the waters and airspace around the Taiwan Island.

“These are fundamental activities taken focusing on the plot among Taiwan and the United States, and adjusting to the need of shielding public sway and regional uprightness,” Tan said.

Looking for “Taiwan autonomy” is ill-fated to fizzle, as is supporting such activities, Tan said, adding that by playing the “Taiwan card” to contain China, the United States is placing what is going on in risk.

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The PLA is fully on guard and prepared to go to all important lengths to fearlessly frustrate any outer powers’ obstruction and secessionist endeavors for “Taiwan freedom,” he added.

Biden’s assertion on China-Taiwan

This solid response from China comes after Biden on Monday said that Washington is prepared to get involved militarily to protect Taiwan in case of attack.

Biden met with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan on Monday to propel collaboration on a scope of two-sided, local, and worldwide issues.

During a joint public interview with the Japanese PM, Biden reaffirmed Washington’s obligation to guaranteeing the security of the Taiwan Strait and forestalling any adjustment of the norm singularly.

At the point when found out if the US is prepared to get involved militarily to protect Taiwan, he answered in the confirmed, adding that this is the responsibility that the US has taken on.

“We stay focused on supporting harmony and solidness in Taiwan Strait. The US stands immovably with Japan and different countries not to allow that to occur (China assuming control over Taiwan),” he said.

(With inputs from ANI)

Julie Lewis

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