A week after it fired several ballistic missiles over Taiwan as a part of unprecedented drills, China’s military announced it has “completed various tasks” around the self-ruled territory on Wednesday but did not elaborate on what these “tasks” are.
Beijing also warned it will continue to carry out “regular” patrols, training and preparations for combat in the direction of the Taiwan Strait.
China’s Eastern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army said it had “successfully completed various tasks and effectively tested the integrated combat capabilities of the troops”.
“Theatre forces will keep an eye on the changes in the situation in the Taiwan Strait, continue to carry out training and preparation for combat, organise regular combat readiness patrols in the direction of the Taiwan Strait, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” military officials said in a brief statement.
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China unleashed an angry response that included showcasing its military might after US House speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the self-governed territory last week, with the unprecedented firing of ballistic missiles above Taipei over the weekend.
China further extended its military drills on Monday, sparking fears of an escalation towards conflict.
Officials in Taiwan have not immediately commented on China’s announcement of the completion of its “tasks”.
However, Taiwan’s defence ministry said at least 17 Chinese fighter jets crossed the median line on Wednesday.
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China has issued its latest threat towards Taiwan by warning it is ready to use ‘all necessary means’ to seize the disputed island.
Beijing’s new ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, refused to rule out the use of force after a visit last week by high-ranking US politician Nancy Pelosi fuelled further tensions, sparking China’s biggest ever live fire exercises around the territory.
The envoy said after six days of the military drills: ‘We can never rule out the option to use other means. So when necessary, when compelled, we are ready to use all necessary means.
As to what does it mean by “necessary means?” You can use your imagination.’
Mr Xiao claimed that China has been ‘so patient’ while ‘waiting for a peaceful reunification’ despite the Communist superpower’s constant sabre-rattling and displays of military strength around the territory.
He added that ‘the majority of the people in Taiwan believe they’re Chinese’ and deserve a say in their future, despite its population being overwhelmingly against unification.
Separately today, a strong statement issued by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office also refused to rule out the use of force, adding: ‘Never before have we been so close to, confident in, and capable of achieving the goal of national rejuvenation.’
Since Thursday, China has been sending ships and aircraft across an unofficial buffer between the coasts and missiles over Taipei and into waters surrounding the island, and navy ships were active this morning.
Taiwan also held an artillery drill on Tuesday simulating defence against an attack on the island as defiant leaders vowed they would not be intimidated by their neighbouring superpower.
Today, China’s military said it has ‘completed various tasks’ around Taiwan but will conduct regular patrols, potentially signalling an end to days of war games.
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