BEIJING: China’s military said it conducted more exercises near Taiwan on Monday as a group of US lawmakers visited the Chinese-claimed island and met with President Tsai Ing-wen, in what Beijing said. There was a violation of sovereignty.
Five US lawmakers, led by Senator Ed Markey, arrived in Taipei late Sunday on an unannounced visit, the second high-level group visit since US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited in early August. Chinese war game.
of the People’s Liberation Army, the Chinese military unit responsible for the area adjacent to Taiwan Eastern Theater Commandsaid it had conducted multi-service joint combat readiness patrols and combat exercises in the sea and airspace around Taiwan on Monday.
The exercise was “a harsh deterrent to the United States and Taiwan playing political tricks and undermining peace and stability throughout the country. taiwan strait“, it added.
China’s Defense Ministry said in a separate statement that the visit of the lawmakers violates China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and “completely exposes the real face of the United States as a perpetrator and spoiler of peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits”. exposes”.
“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army continues to train and prepare for war, firmly defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will resolutely crush any form of ‘Taiwan independence’ separatism and foreign interference.”
The details of the exercise were not given in any of the statements.
Pelosi’s visit enraged China, which responded with a test launch of ballistic missiles over Taipei for the first time, and left few lines of talks with Washington, including on theater military talks and climate change.
latest group of US lawmaker Tsai was to be met on Monday morning on her way to Taiwan. His office has yet to comment on that meeting.
The United States has no formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the democratically governed island with its means of defense.