‘Indescribable’ pressure: Taiwan thanks Navy amid China tensions


Soldiers stand guard at an airbase in Hualien

As China conducted days of military exercises and war simulations, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visited sailors in the island’s navy to express her gratitude for their efforts. She described the pressure as “indescribable” and thanked them for their efforts.
These exercises have been taking place this month as a form of protest against the United States’ visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory and which is democratically run. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Tsai told sailors during a late-Thursday visit to the Suao naval base on Taiwan’s northeastern coast that carrying out their duty inside a ship must have been challenging.

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The strain is unbearable, Tsai said, according to video posted by the defence ministry. “In the face of China’s harassment and provocation beyond Taiwan’s territorial seas, it is even more vital to keep an eye on the dynamics of enemy ships all the time.”
She continued, “The military has exhibited solid, unshakable courage and quietly responded, preserving maritime security and upholding regional peace.”
Tsai compared Taiwan to a navy ship.


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As a show of solidarity for the island democracy that China claims as its own, the U.S. government will hold economic talks with Taiwan. This prompted Beijing to issue a warning on Thursday that it will take appropriate action to “safeguard its sovereignty.”
The start of trade negotiations follows Beijing’s launch of missiles into the sea to frighten Taiwan in response to U.S. This month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island for the first time in 25 years as a senior American leader.
The scheduled meetings have drawn criticism from the Chinese government of President Xi Jinping for violating its position that Taiwan has no right to engage in international matters. It sent a warning to Washington not to support the island’s efforts to seek out permanent independence, which Beijing claims will spark a conflict.


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According to Daniel Kritenbrink, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, China’s efforts to pressurize and destabilize Taiwan run the risk of being miscalculated, and its pressure campaign will probably continue.
In response to a U.S. visit to Taipei, China, which asserts Taiwan as its territory, has been conducting military exercises and war simulations all across the island this month. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Wednesday, on a conference call, Washington, D.C. Time, Pelosi’s visit had been exploited by China as a pretext to alter the status quo, endangering peace, according to Kritenbrink, the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
He stated, referring to China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China, “These moves are part of an escalated pressure campaign by the PRC against Taiwan, which we expect to continue to unfold in the coming weeks and months.”

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