Chinese forces rehearsed an attack on Taiwan on Saturday as tensions continue to escalate after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island earlier this week.
Live-fire exercises by Chinese aircraft and warships that began Thursday are expected to continue through Sunday.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense “spotted multiple groups of communist planes and ships operating around the Taiwan Strait, some of which crossed the Central Line,” the South China Morning Post reported. . A median line is an informal separation between two sides.
The Ministry of Defense has released a photo of a Taiwanese sailor aboard a frigate looking at a nearby Chinese warship off the east coast of Taiwan. “Definitely not photoshopped!” said the caption.
Beijing also suspended communications, including military-to-military channels, during the exercise, which Secretary of State Anthony Brinken called “essential to avoid misunderstandings and avert crises.”
Blinken spoke the Philippines, where he met with the new president Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“What happens in the Taiwan Strait will affect the entire region. The Strait, like the South China Sea, is an important waterway, so in many ways it affects the entire world,” he said. .
Nearly half of the world’s container fleet and nearly 90% of the world’s largest vessels pass through waterways, he said.
China should not postpone talks and other cooperation on key global issues such as climate change, international crime and anti-narcotics over Pelosi’s visit, Brinken added.
“Our differences should not be used to hostage cooperation on global concerns,” Mr Blinken said. “Others rightly expect us to continue to address issues that are important not only to our own, but to the lives and livelihoods of their people.”
The US does not want the situation to escalate, Brinken told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday. The two met in Cambodia at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
“We are trying to defuse these tensions, and we see dialogue as a very important part of that,” Blinken said, adding that the United States “has to reduce communication with China in order to avoid misunderstandings and escalation to misunderstandings.” We will keep the channel open,” he added.
Separately, the deputy director of research and development department of Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense was found dead in his hotel room in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, while he was on a business trip. The Guardian reported that the 57-year-old Ou Yang Li-hsing died of a heart attack.