According to the Fars News International Group, after Beijing promised to give a “decisive” response to the meeting between the President of the island of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, in California, today (Thursday), Taiwan announced that it had detected three Chinese warships and a Chinese anti-submarine helicopter near the island.
According to local media reports, the Minister of Defense of Taiwan announced in a press release today that a plane of the People’s Liberation Army of China along with three ships of the Navy of the People’s Liberation Army of China at 06:00 this morning local time (01:30 Thursday morning Tehran time) ) Were identified.
In his statement announcing this news, he added: “The armed forces are monitoring the situation and military air patrol aircraft, navy ships and surface-to-air missile systems have been deployed to respond to these activities.”
The presence of Chinese ships and planes in the territory of Taiwan took place when the President of Taiwan, who is a supporter of the island’s independence from China, met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library near Los Angeles, California, yesterday (Wednesday). And he talked, and this is in the context that Beijing has repeatedly threatened to take revenge on Taiwan for this provocative action in recent weeks.
Previously, in August of last year, after the controversial visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, China held unprecedented military exercises around Taiwan.
Beijing pledged on Thursday to take “decisive and effective measures to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” China’s Foreign Ministry compared the Tsai-McCarthy meeting on US soil to “very wrong actions of collusion” between the US and Taiwan.
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China was made at the same time as French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Beijing, during which this European official plans to meet and talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping today.
The Taipei Territorial Affairs Council (MAC), the main body on Taiwan’s self-governing island responsible for policy toward China, yesterday accused Beijing of obstructing trade in the Taiwan Strait by inspecting cargo and passenger ships in the area.
According to this report, Chinese maritime authorities had previously announced, without providing further details, that they would increase their patrols in the waters between the island and the Chinese mainland.
In this context, MAC said: “The actions of the Chinese side deliberately escalate the tensions around the Taiwan Strait. This is a clear violation of the Agreement on Cross-Strait Shipping and Maritime Practices, which will have a significant negative impact on normal cross-strait traffic.”
The meeting of the Taiwanese official with the American took place in a situation where China has repeatedly warned the island’s officials and its western supporters about “separatist” tendencies and has promised to prevent Taiwan’s separation from China by all means, including the military option.
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