China sent 30 warplanes and five army vessels toward Taiwan today as Beijing slammed a new American delegation’s visit to the self-governed island.
Taiwan’s ministry of defence tweeted shortly before midday (7pm Sunday local time): ‘We condemn PLA for jeopardizing the peace and security of our surrounding region with announcements of military drills.
‘[Taiwanese] armed forces monitor activities around our surrounding region and respond to every situation with professionalism to protect our country.’
The latest spike in tensions comes days after a similar trip by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi triggered an irate response from China.
This week’s unannounced two-day trip by senior members of Congress prompted China to repeat its vow that it would ‘prepare for war’ over Taiwan.
‘The Chinese People’s Liberation Army continues to train and prepare for war, resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and resolutely crush any form of ‘Taiwan independence’ separatism and foreign interference attempts,’ Wu Qian, a spokesman for China’s Defense Ministry, said.
‘We warn the US and [Taiwan’s ruling DPP]: ‘Using Taiwan to contain China’ is doomed to failure.’
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Source: Daily Mail