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China begins its largest ever military exercise near Taiwan

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: A Russian-Ukraine like situation has been developing again as China is preparing to take control over Taiwan. The invasion of smaller and weaker nations by powerful countries is an alarming bell for world peace.

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China’s People’s Liberation Army’s military exercise  near Taiwan  got underway. As per the Chinese state television report on Thursday, the Chinese army fired into the waters and into the airspace that surrounded the island of Taiwan. China claims “precision missile strikes in the Taiwan Strait.

The Chinese military started its drill at six locations, which is likely to be concluded at 12:00 p.m. (0400 GMT) on Sunday. The largest ever military exercise in the vicinity of Taiwan by China took place following the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. Beijing condemned the trip and claimed the self-governed island as its own.

The exercise areas in the north, east, and south divide Taiwan’s claimed 12 nautical miles of territorial waters—which Taiwanese officials say challenge the international order and amount to a blockade of its sea and air space.

Using force is not going to solve any issues or differences, and both sides know the importance of peace and stability in the region, which is beneficial to all, as stated by Taiwan’s mainland affairs council.

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Meanwhile, several important websites, such as the presidential office, foreign ministry, and the main government English portal, were attacked on Tuesday during the visit of Pelosi, which made China furious. Taiwan’s defence ministry revealed that its website remained offline for an hour around midnight Wednesday.

However, South Korea’s Korean Airlines and Asiana Airlines have cancelled their air services to Taiwan for one or two days due to a drill by the Chinese military in the area on Thursday.

 

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