Worldwide news | China is getting ready to invade Taiwan

Taipei alleges Beijing's military exercises on the island are intended to lower morale before an attack.



Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, asserted on Tuesday that China is preparing for an invasion of the independent island by conducting extensive military drills around Taiwan.


Wu stated during a news conference that "China has used the exercises and its military playbook to prepare for the invasion of Taiwan."


The envoy emphasized that Beijing is using "massive military drills, missile launches, cyberattacks, a disinformation campaign, and economic coercion to undermine public morale in Taiwan."


In reaction to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island, China this week conducted live-fire war games in six marine locations surrounding Taiwan.


The drills in the Taiwan Strait were still going on Monday, the minister said, despite Beijing's prior claim that they would finish over the weekend.


He asserted that China's true goal is to change the current situation in the Taiwan Strait and the surrounding area.


The exercises, according to Wu, are a "gross breach of Taiwan's rights" and an attempt by Beijing to seize control of the waters surrounding Taiwan and the larger Asia-Pacific.


The minister was speaking after Taipei held its live-fire exercises to practice defending the island from an invasion.


The military is still conducting training exercises in the airspace and waters surrounding the island of Taiwan, primarily concentrating on air-to-sea assault and anti-submarine operations, according to the Chinese Defense Ministry on Monday.


Beijing, which regards the island as a part of its sovereignty, reacted angrily to Pelosi's travel to Taiwan last week, making her the highest-ranking US official to visit the island since 1997. Beijing sanctioned the House speaker and her family in addition to declaring its biggest-ever military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and imposing economic restrictions on Taipei.


Taiwan has had its government since 1949, but it has never formally separated from Beijing. Although the US formally recognizes the One China policy, it still maintains close unofficial connections with the 23.5 million-person island, selling Taipei weapons and encouraging its claim to sovereignty.


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