China’s People’s Liberation Army has resumed military drills in the oceans and airspace around Taiwan, according to Chinese official media on Thursday.

The exercises, which are taking place in six different sites, are scheduled to finish on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (0400 GMT). The drills took place in the aftermath of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which was denounced by Beijing, which claims the self-governed island as its own.

Significantly, the practice zones divide Taiwan’s claimed 12 nautical mile territorial seas in the north, east, and south, which Taiwanese authorities believe violates international law and amounts to a blockade of its sea and air space. 

The places ring the island in an unprecedented pattern, according to Meng Xiangqing, a professor at the National Defence University, who described how a real-life military campaign against Taiwan may unfold.

“In fact, this has created very good conditions for us when, in the future, we reshape our strategic landscape conducive to our unification,” Meng remarked.

Chinese troops in two places off Taiwan’s northern coast could theoretically close off Keelung, a key port, he claimed, while attacks from an area east of Taiwan might target military stations in Hualien and Taidong.

Chinese military might potentially seal the “doors” to Kaoshiung off the southern coast, according to Meng.

Source: Reuters


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