90 Miles From Tyranny : Taiwan responds to China's military drills as warships circle each other in 'cat and mouse' maneuvers

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Taiwan responds to China's military drills as warships circle each other in 'cat and mouse' maneuvers

China was left furious at Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last week - Beijing recognizes the island as part of its territory and considers it part of its 'One-China' policy, and has since cut off defense talks with the US.

Taiwan has responded after China appeared to take part in military drills that simulated an attack following a major US official visiting the island.

China has now ended a number of live-fire military drills across seven zones around Taiwan in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island - one that infuriated Chinese officials.

However, there was an escalation on Sunday, with Taiwanese warships retaliating to the drills, sailing in close quarters to Chinese ships in the Taiwan Strait.

Image:This map shows where Chinese military exercises took place (in the red boxes) with the north box nudging into Taiwan's territorial waters

A source told the Reuters news agency that some Chinese ships crossed the median line - an unofficial buffer which separates the two sides.

They added the Taiwanese side monitored Chinese ships as they "pressed" the line, in an effort to deny them the chance to cross.

"The two sides are showing restraint", they said, describing the maneuvers as high seas "cat and mouse".

"One side tries to cross, and the other stands in the way and forces them to a more disadvantaged position and eventually return to the other side."

In a press release, Taiwan's defence ministry said China was using ships, aircraft and drones to simulate attacks on the island, adding it had dispatched aircraft to respond "appropriately".

Taiwan added its land-based anti-ship missiles and its US-made Patriot surface-to-air-missiles were on stand-by.

On Saturday, China said the drills near the island had a focus on land and...

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1 comment:

MMinWA said...

Put this bullshit right at Biden's feet. And believe me, they want it.