China’s military has deployed warships and fighter jets on assault drills near the south of Taiwan in response to the “provocations” of heightened US military presence and of US ties with the island, which China calls “collusion.”
China’s People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Eastern Theater Command conducted “joint live-fire drills involving forces of multiple services including naval warships, anti-submarine aircraft and fighter jets” around the southeast and southwest of the island of Taiwan.
Citing the reasons for the drills, senior army colonel for the Chinese armed forces, Shi Yi, explained that the exercises were to test the troops’ capability and to further safeguard China’s territorial sovereignty!
The collusion mentioned in the statement refers to the US’ increased military and political involvement with Taiwan.
In April, the Biden administration sent an unofficial delegation of representatives to Taiwan, and has been sailing several vessels through the South China Sea since he assumed office.
Taiwan should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours, and the US military won’t come to help.
Beijing, which deems Taiwan to be an integral part of its territory under the ‘One China’ policy, has frequently bashed Washington for its involvement in the Straits as upsetting a “status quo.”
China has carried out several missions near the island in recent months. In June, the PLA deployed 28 military planes in Taiwan’s air defense zone, with Taipei remarking that this was the largest “incursion” to date.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2021.