• 12 June, 2024
Foreign Affairs, Geopolitics & National Security

US coordinates closely with Taiwan as China continues military drills

Sat, 25 May 2024   |  Reading Time: 2 minutes

Washington, DC [US], May 25 (ANI): After China launched military drills for two days in the Taiwan Strait and surrounding areas, the US State Department, said that it was “monitoring very closely” in coordination with the island nation, expressing confidence in its current force posture and operations in the region to ensure peace and stability, reported Focus Taiwan.
In an email response to CNA, a State Department spokesperson expressed concern over reports of China’s People Liberation Army’s (PLA) joint military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and around its vicinity.
The spokesperson further noted that China’s actions risk escalation and undermine long-standing norms that have maintained regional peace and stability for decades.
The spokesperson added that Taiwan’s political transition is a normal and routine part of its democratic process, and that China should not use it as a pretext for provocative or coercive measures, Focus Taiwan reported.
The spokesperson assured and said that the US is confident in its current force posture and operations in the region to ensure peace and stability and to meet its national security commitments.
The PLA’s Eastern Theater Command announced the commencement of the “Joint Sword-2024A” military exercises in the waters and airspace around Taiwan on Thursday, just three days after the swearing ceremony of newly elected President Lai Ching-te.
The Chinese drills focus on joint sea-air combat-readiness patrols, joint seizure of comprehensive battlefield control, and joint precision strikes on key targets, China-based Xinhua News Agency reported.
“The drills are being conducted in the Taiwan Strait, and the north, south and east of Taiwan Island, as well as areas around the islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Wuqiu and Dongyin,” it added.
Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, President Lai, during a speech at the 66th Brigade of the Marine Corps in Taoyuan said that in the face of external threats, he would continue to promote defence reforms to protect the values of freedom and democracy and safeguard regional peace and stability, demonstrating Taiwan’s determination to defend its democracy to the world.
On the same day, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that no live-fire exercises by the PLA had been detected around the Taiwan Strait. As of 6 p.m., 16 PLA warships and 19 China Coast Guard vessels were operating in the area.
The MND said it would follow standard procedures for handling emergencies during the armed forces’ regular readiness period, which involves deploying naval, air and ground forces to safeguard freedom, democracy and Taiwan’s sovereignty.
Jude Blanchette, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), commented on the issue and said that the exercises are designed to put increasing political pressure on Taiwan and give President Lai “an early test.”
Blanchette further noted that as seen during former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Beijing uses such exercises to create a new normal, reported Focus Taiwan. (ANI)

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