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After Pelosi’s visit: China begins military maneuvers near Taiwan

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Status: 04/08/2022 06:39

China has started large-scale maneuvers around Taiwan. Live ammunition is also fired. The background is the visit of the American politician Pelosi to the democratically governed island.

By Benjamin Eyssel, ARD Studio Beijing

In recent days, according to Taiwanese authorities, Chinese fighter jets have entered Taiwan’s air defense zone – a kind of buffer zone larger than actual airspace. Chinese warships have also been sighted in the Taiwan Strait, the strait that separates the democratically-ruled island from the mainland.

As announced, the Chinese army has now started major maneuvers near Taiwan. This was reported by Chinese state television. Live ammunition must also be used. State television had previously shown images of fighter jets and warships in the area.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it was monitoring the situation closely. The island nation’s armed forces would act on the principle of “preparing for war without wanting war”. No escalation of the conflict is sought either.

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Beijing also imposes economic sanctions

The exact extent of the military exercises is still unclear. The communist leadership has designated six areas around Taiwan as possible maneuvering areas, some of which overlap Taiwanese territorial waters. What this means for civil shipping and air traffic is not predictable. Taiwan fears a naval and air blockade following the announced maneuvers.

If the threats are carried out, missiles could be fired into the water just a few kilometers off the coast of Taiwan. In addition, the state and party leadership in Beijing imposed economic sanctions on the democratically ruled island. Many foods from Taiwan can no longer be imported into the People’s Republic.

Chinese customs have also imposed export bans. Among other things, sand can no longer be delivered to Taiwan, an important raw material for the construction industry.

China outraged by Pelosi’s visit

The communist leadership considers Taiwan its own territory and is outraged by the visit of the great American politician Nancy Pelosi. For weeks, representatives of the People’s Republic had warned against such a visit with harsh words. In recent days, the rhetoric has intensified further.

The visit was also widely commented on Chinese online networks – mainly with nationalistic tones, but also with irony and humor. The Weibo short message service was temporarily unavailable in the hours surrounding Pelosi’s arrival in Taiwan due to overload.

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Source www.tagesschau.de

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