Despite all the warnings from China, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who went to Taiwan, left the island, but the tension did not decrease. China, which officially surrounded Taiwan after Pelosi set foot on the island, kept its promise. The great blockade began at 7:00 am. Chinese missiles, on the other hand, caused tensions to peak. Taiwan announced that some missiles launched by China fell into its territorial waters. Here are the first images from the region where the hot developments took place…
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The eyes of the world have been on Taiwan for the past few days. Because while the war in Europe is not over yet , the tension in the China -Taiwan conflict has peaked.
Despite all the warnings from China, while the echoes of the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan continued, China kept its promise and took action at 7:00 this morning.
SEA AND AIR BLOCKAGE
China has begun large-scale military naval and air exercises around the island of Taiwan.
Announcing that it will conduct ‘real-time’ exercises in 6 regions around Taiwan, China took the step that the world had been waiting for holding its breath.
Chinese media announced that the exercise in question started at 7:00 am. The map of the exercise was published in the state media.
In the exercise map published by the Communist Party-controlled Chinese media, it is seen that the island is completely surrounded.
The Beijing administration does not want any foreign aircraft or ships to fall into this shadow during this exercise called the ‘Great Blockade’.
As part of the course, artillery fire is expected along the Taiwan Strait.
FIRST IMAGES ARRIVED
In the first images from the region, it is clearly seen that the Chinese army took action within the scope of the exercise.
Beijing is not backing down, although Taiwan says the exercises violate United Nations rules and amount to an air and sea blockade.
FIRST STATEMENT FROM TAIWAN: BALLISTIC MISSILE FIRED
The first statement about the exercise came from the Taiwan Ministry of Defense.
The statement included information that during the exercises, Chinese forces fired “multiple” ballistic missiles into the waters around Taiwan.
It is stated that Dongfeng missiles were launched towards the southeast and southwest of the island at 13:56 local time.
Taiwan announced that some of the missiles launched a few hours after this statement fell into its territorial waters.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said in a statement today that China-fired ballistic missiles are believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone for the first time.
CALL FROM G7: END
In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries asked China to end the exercises in the Taiwan Strait and said, “We call on China not to forcibly change the status quo in the region.”
THEY HAVE NAMED IT: A rehearsal of reunification
The Beijing-run Global Times newspaper described the exercises as rehearsals for ‘reunification operations’.
Chinese military expert Song Zhongping made the following assessment about the developments;
‘In the event of a future military conflict, the operational plans currently being rehearsed are likely to translate directly into combat operations.’
Taiwan and China separated during the civil war in 1949. However, China still maintains its claim on the island.
The US is walking on a delicate balance in its Taiwan policy. On the one hand, it complies with the “One China” policy, which only recognizes the Chinese government and establishes diplomatic relations with Beijing rather than Taipei.
On the other hand, it maintains an informal relationship with the island, which includes selling weapons for Taiwan’s self-defense.