After China’s military started live firing drills on Taiwan, Taiwan’s premier condemned China as “evil neighbor next door”.
Su Tseng Chang-chang stated to reporters in Taipei that he believed China was arbitrarily destroying Taiwan Strait – the most commonly used waterway in the world – through its military exercises. Other countries around the globe were condemning China’s actions.
Beijing acknowledges that there was live firing, but it was “precision Missile Strikes” in exercise by its navy and air force in six zones around the island.
Japan claims it was made to protest China after five missiles were dropped inside its Exclusive Economic Zone.
These drills were inspired by the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to the island. They are meant to show China’s reaction to Chinese moves to consolidate its de facto independence under Chinese rule.
Taiwan has put its military on alert, and held civil defense drills. The US also has many naval assets in the region.
In Tokyo, Ms Pelosi stated that China wouldn’t isolate Taiwan by stopping US officials from traveling there, and that America’s commitment “remains unshaken”.
Infuriating China , her decision to be the highest ranking American politician to visit Taiwan since 1990s has angered – as well as some criticism from closer to home. While Joe Biden, the US President, advised against her trip to Taiwan, her 24 hour flying visit as part a regional tour has been praised by allies in Asia-Pacific.
Ms. Pelosi was in Tokyo to address the diplomatic storm triggered by the US Congress’ visit to Taipei.
She stated, “We have made it clear from the beginning that our representation here does not seek to change the status quo in Taiwan and the region.”
Beijing has warned that the visit would harm China-US relations. The foreign ministry stated that it was a serious violation of China’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and sovereignty.
China’s foreign ministry stated in a statement that it had protested the US in a statement released shortly after she arrived in Taipei.
China and the US may be silently entering a crisis because of a poorly timed Taiwan visit
Taiwan is an island with 23 million inhabitants, located 112 miles from the coast of China. It declares itself a democratic country with its own leader and constitution.
The Communist Party in Beijing regards the island as a breakaway region of China, with claims to its territorial rights that go back to 229AD. It will be re-established under its control, if necessary.
This principle is also known as the One China principle, a diplomatic acknowledgement that Beijing is China’s only legitimate ruler.
The US subscribes technically to a variant of this – a One China Policy – and does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country, in accordance with the United Nations. It maintains informal ties with Taiwan and supports its commitment to democracy.