Posted: Monday, August 15, 2022. 10:55 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, a group of U.S. lawmakers is visiting Taiwan and in response, China is reportedly staging more military drills near Taiwan, Reuters report.
The U.S. officials met Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, who said her government was committed to maintaining stability.
The group led by Senator Ed Markey arrived in Taipei on an unannounced visit late on Sunday.
The visit marks the 2nd high-level group to visit following the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this month.
Chinese officials say that it had organized multi-service joint combat readiness patrols and combat drills in the sea and airspace around Taiwan today.
The exercises were “a stern deterrent to the United States and Taiwan continuing to play political tricks and undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”, a statement from Chinese officials said.
In addition, China’s Defence Ministry said in a separate statement that the lawmakers’ trip infringed on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and “fully exposes the true face of the United States as a spoiler and spoiler of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.
President Tsai noted that China’s exercises had greatly affected regional peace and stability.
“We are engaging in close cooperation with international allies to closely monitor the military situation. At the same time we are doing everything we can to let the world know that Taiwan is determined to safeguard stability and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,” she said, in video footage provided by the presidential office.
Taiwan’s Defence Ministry noted that again 15 Chinese aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait.
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