Tension soars as China prolongs military drills around Taiwan

Beijing — China carried out fresh military drills around Taiwan Monday, Beijing said, defying calls to end its largest-ever exercises encircling the island in the wake of a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Beijing has raged at the trip by Pelosi — the highest-ranking elected U.S. official to visit Taiwan in decades. The visit, which Beijing warned against for weeks, prompted China to tear up a series of talks and cooperation agreements with Washington, most notably on climate change and defense. It has also deployed fighter jets, warships…

China continues military drills around Taiwan

Issued on: 08/08/2022 – 07:34Modified: 08/08/2022 – 07:32 Beijing (AFP) – China carried out fresh military drills around Taiwan Monday, Beijing said, defying calls for it to end its largest-ever exercises encircling the democratic island in the wake of a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Beijing has raged at the trip by Pelosi — the highest-ranking elected US official to visit Taiwan in decades — ripping up a series of talks and cooperation agreements with Washington, most notably on climate change and defence. It has also deployed fighter…

China expands military drills, escalates threats against Taiwan

Comment on this story Comment China has announced additional live-fire drills in the Bohai and Yellow Seas, as Beijing broadcasts its fury over a visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with military exercises near the island. China’s Ministry of Defense did not announce the purpose of the expanded exercises, which come as the visit frayed U.S.-China relations, but they come as Beijing is putting on its greatest show of force around Taiwan since the last cross-strait crisis of 1995 to 1996 — in what it calls a…

US, Australia, Japan urge China to cease military exercises around Taiwan

The United States, Australia and Japan have urged China to immediately cease its military exercises launched following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, as they reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Pelosi, 82, was the highest-profile US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. Pelosi’s visit on Wednesday and her meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders has infuriated China, which views the self-governed democratic island as its territory that should be reunified with the…

China-Taiwan military tensions ‘worst in 40 years’

According to certain security specialists, it was very plausible that American assault submarines were also nearby such a formation. According to diplomats who are familiar with its route, the strike group made a U-turn and instead made its way to Singapore for a five-day stopover beginning on July 22. Nancy Pelosi’s Tuesday flight over Borneo to Taipei and a U.S. aircraft carrier’s convoluted transit in the South China Sea draw attention to the challenges U.S. forces are currently facing in dealing with a Chinese military eager to exercise its might…

Taiwan Strait Chinese military drills condemned by Penny Wong, US and China

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong has joined her American and Japanese counterparts to lash China for firing five missiles into the ocean in Japan’s economic zone, hours after China halted all dialogue with the United States on major issues including climate change and military relations. In a sign that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will continue to reverberate long after she has left, Beijing announced it was ending all dialogue between senior-level military commanders and talks on climate change action. In this photo released by China’s Xinhua…

China’s military exercises are an intel bonanza — for all sides

The dozens of warplanes flying daily over the median line in the Taiwan Strait and warships prowling the waters off the coast represent a significant and ominous change to the status quo, and one that could have enormous consequences for the defense of Taiwan in the future, experts and officials said. Pushing those warplanes over the line not only erases the previous boundary, but doing so in coordination with warships and staying clear of the missiles flying in close proximity is exactly the kind of real-time interaction that modern militaries…

Where in the World Is China’s Military?

News Analysis The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is developing infrastructure and access all around the world. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) created a unique process to get countries to agree to give the PLA access to key ports and bases via several methods, including the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). For example, this process can be seen in the first official overseas base—the Doraleh Naval Base in Djibouti, which opened in August 2017. What else has the PLA been up to? This article gathers and highlights some details on PLA…

Japan tells China to stop its military drills around the island

“By setting up this exercise area, China was able to get a glimpse of what it would take to blockade Taiwan,” he said. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose visit to Taiwan this week triggered the most serious military stand-off in the Taiwan strait since the missile crisis of 1996, accused China of trying to isolate the island. “They will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from travelling there,” she said after meeting with Kishida on Friday. “They are not doing our travel itinerary.” Pelosi’s visit has spurred condemnation from…