Get Used To Air Force Drills: China To Taiwan

Taiwan Air Force Fighter Jets

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen visits the Suyapa Cathedral in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Beijing has stepped up drills around the island since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office past year, as she refuses to acknowledge both sides are part of "one China". That position has become increasingly hostile since Tsai, from the island's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, won presidential elections a year ago.

Beijing suspects Tsai of pushing for Taiwanese independence, a red line for China. China's military threat was growing by the day, it added.

China considers Taiwan a part of its territory and has threatened to attack the island if it makes a formal declaration of independence.

When asked about the continuing drills and the footage released by the air force, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) stated that it and the defense ministry had repeatedly said the exercises were routine. Tsai says she wants to preserve peace with China but will defend Taiwan's security and way of life.

Chinese state media has given broad coverage to "encirclement" exercises near Taiwan this month, including showing photographs of Chinese bombers with what they said was Taiwan's highest peak, Yushan (玉山), visible in the background.

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"In this period of time, the frequent military activities of mainland China in East Asia have already affected safety and stability in the region to a certain extent", she said.

Frequent and increased Chinese military drills pose an "enormous threat" to Taiwan's security, Taipei warned yesterday in an annual defence review that starkly highlighted rising cross-strait tensions.

Tensions rose this month when a senior Chinese diplomat threatened that the mainland would invade Taiwan if any United States warships made port visits there.

Taiwan is well equipped with mostly US-made weapons, but has been pressing Washington to sell more advanced equipment.

Taiwan's armed forces needed to keep closely monitoring Chinese actions and take the measures necessary to safeguard national security as well as regional peace and stability, the Central News Agency quoted her as saying.

The democratic Taiwan had not indicated any interest to be run by autocratic China.

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