Reports from China have hinted that the Asian powerhouse is set to escalate military exercises around the Island, Taiwan. These reports have incited fear in the hearts of many living in the region as the possibility of a fresh crisis looms.
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The US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan on Tuesday after the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China, had threatened to carry out military action if the US Speaker and her entourage dared to visit the country.
Nancy Pelosi, as part of a planned tour of US-friendly nations in Asia, visited the self-governing and democratic island of Taiwan, which Beijing views as a breakaway province that they would inevitably reclaim.
China’s Response to Pelosi’s visit
The Chinese state media has announced the commencement of both air and sea drills around the sea, which Taiwan claims as its territory. These military actions, which are to begin on Thursday, would see China launch three of the six live drills around Taiwan’s territory. Taiwan has in the meantime reported a series of cyber-attacks by unknown forces and about 27 Chinese warplanes entering its air defense space.
Taiwan’s Response to these Threats
Taiwan, an island that sits 100 miles southeast of China, continues to declare its independence from China. Reports from the country suggest that Taiwan does not want war. Taiwan’s defense ministry described the military actions taken by China as “an aerial and maritime blockage of Taiwan”.
How worrying are China’s military actions so far?
Countries perform live-fire drills to show the level of force they will unleash on their rivals. The military actions therefore demonstrate the resemblance of what to expect if China invades Taiwan. However, experts believe that neither the US nor China have shown a strong desire to escalate the current situation to war.