Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu said that Beijing was using air and sea drills encircling the island to prepare for war and to alter the status quo in the Asia-Pacific region. Taiwan has also started its military drills in response to the Chinese move.
• China is conducting a security drill around Taiwan to protest the high-profile visit by an American official
• China wanted to weaken the morale of the Taiwanese people said, Joseph Wu
• Taiwanese military has also started live-fire drills to boost its defense mechanism
What Did Joseph Wu Say?
Taiwanese foreign minister told a press conference in Taipei that China used the drills and its military playbook for the invasion of Taiwan. Beijing was conducting large-scale military exercises and missile launches, as well as cyber-attacks, a disinformation campaign, and economic coercion to weaken public morale in Taiwan.
Joseph Wu condemned the Chinese drill saying that Beijing continued the drill on Monday despite saying that the drill would end on Sunday. The Taiwanese diplomat maintained that the Chinese military drill had hindered one of the busiest shipping and air routes in the world.
Wu was briefing the media about the live-fire drill the Taiwanese military is conducting to stimulate its defense against an attack on the island. Wu maintained that China’s real intention was to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and the entire region. He also thanked the allies for standing up to China.
Why Did China Start Military Drill Around Taiwan?
Chinese military’s drill was in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It was the first time that a highest ranking US official visited the self-ruled island in decades. And China wanted to register its displeasure with the US with its military drills.