Taiwan’s “duties” are complete but combat patrols continue, China warns

A week after firing multiple ballistic missiles over Taiwan as part of unprecedented drills, China’s military announced yesterday that it had completed “various tasks” around the self-governing territory, but did not elaborate on what those “tasks” were.

eijing also warned that it would continue conducting “regular” patrols, training and combat preparations toward the Taiwan Strait.

China’s Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army said it had “successfully completed various tasks and effectively tested the troops’ integrated combat capabilities.”

“The forces will keep abreast of the changing situation across the Taiwan Strait, continue to conduct training and combat preparation, organize regular cross-strait combat readiness patrols, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. ‘ military officials said.

China unleashed a furious response that included demonstrating its military might after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the self-governing territory last week, with unprecedented ballistic missile launches over Taipei over the weekend.

China on Monday further expanded its military drills, raising fears of an escalation in the conflict.

Officials in Taiwan did not immediately comment on China’s announcement that it was completing its “duties.”

However, Taiwan’s defense ministry said at least 17 Chinese warplanes crossed the center line yesterday.

A day earlier, Taiwan’s foreign minister said China was using the military exercises as a strategy to prepare for an invasion of the democratically governed island.

Taiwan’s ministry said its military was “ready to protect our country” on Wednesday as it released video of drills by its armed forces, adding that its troops guarded their positions “24-7.”

It accused China of failing to halt its “incursions” nearby, as Taiwan said it was increasing its vigilance.

Some of the missiles launched by China last week flew directly over Taipei, circling the skies and waters around the nation over which China claims territorial ownership.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Ms. Pelosis’ visit to the Pacific nation an “insane, irresponsible and highly irrational” action by the US.

Beijing sanctioned Ms Pelosi for visiting Taiwan despite warnings. She described her visit as a demonstration of “US unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s democracy.” (© Independent News Service)

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