On Saturday, China’s simulated attack used drones, special forces and airborne troops in a staged exercise to prepare for an invasion of Taiwan. The horrific exercises, reported by the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, marked the first time in recent years that a state media broadcaster covered all about preparations for an attack on the country. It is the latest act of Beijing aggression in the South China Sea and follows the increased presence of the Chinese Navy in the armed waters.
The CCTV report detailed how Chinese forces entered from multiple locations to demonstrate readiness to invade.
The report added: “The exercise with the effective integration of several new combat forces increased the actual combat capability of the troops in joint landing and three-dimensional attack.”
Beijing has stepped up its military exercises as it regards Taiwan as part of mainland China and wants to reunite the countries by all means.
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During the National Day celebrations, she advocated the “rather tense” stalemate in the Taiwan Strait and called on Beijing to find a peaceful solution.
She said, “As long as the Beijing authorities are ready to resolve differences and improve cross-strait relations, while maintaining parity and dignity, we are ready to work together to facilitate meaningful dialogue.”
Previous reports from Taiwan highlighted the tremendous pressure the Chinese Air Force was putting on the country’s finances through the streets. Taiwan spent $ 1.3 billion to use its own warplanes to fight the incursions.
The incursion marks the 17th time that China has sent military planes over Taiwan since September 16.
Taiwan’s defense minister said the country spent more than eight percent of its military budget for the year dealing with Chinese overflights.
Su Tzu-yun, an analyst at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, told Business Insider that the repeated overflights were “a kind of attrition and psychological war tactic designed to exhaust Taiwan’s armed forces and reduce public awareness of a possible Chinese attack “.
On Sunday, Beijing crawled up on ships and jets to track down US missile destroyer John S. McCain, which was sailing past China-held islands in the contested waters.
Colonel Zhang Nandong, spokesman for the PLA’s Southern Theater Command, was angry at the “apparent hegemony and military provocation” of the US, which had been “seriously violated.”
China’s sovereignty and security interests, and the serious threat to peace and stability in the South China Sea ”.
He added: “We urge the US side to immediately stop such provocative actions, strictly administer and control their sea and air force operations so as not to cause contingencies.”
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