The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has begun live-fire military exercises in six areas around Taiwan.
According to RIA Novosti, the exercises started at 12.00 local time (7.00 Moscow time), they will last until 12.00 Sunday, August 7.
“At about 13:00 on August 4, long-range live firing was carried out in the Taiwan Strait and accurate strikes were carried out on specified areas in the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait, the expected results were achieved,” the PLA Eastern Combat Command Zone reported.
It is specified that military maneuvers will be held in six areas of the sea around the whole of Taiwan. Warnings have been issued for ships and aircraft urging them not to enter the water area and airspace in the areas where the exercises are taking place.
Meanwhile, Taiwan, in turn, announced the deployment of missile systems to track the actions of the PRC. Taipei keeps ships close to the “median line” to watch over the Chinese Navy. The Taiwan Ministry of Defense condemned the exercises of the People’s Republic of China and called their goal “psychological intimidation of citizens”, reports Reuters. The ministry said that China had violated UN rules and assured that Taiwan would resist any incursions into its territory.
During the exercise, Beijing will for the first time use long-range artillery and use the DF-17 hypersonic missile (“aircraft carrier killer”), writes the Chinese edition of Global Times. According to military expert Song Zhongping, the exercises can be a preparation for real combat operations.
Chinese maneuvers were a response to visit to the island of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. The PRC considers Taiwan its province and opposes any contact between Taipei and officials from countries with which Beijing has diplomatic relations. The day before, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the Chinese authorities would use all possible countermeasures in response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, and noted that the visit of an American politician to Taipei undermines peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.