According to the news of Global Times, the Eastern Front Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PRC) responsible for the Taiwan region continued the military exercise in which elements of land, air, naval and rocket forces participated.
On the second day of the military exercise called “Joint Sword”, point shooting simulations were carried out on “drill targets” in the island and its surrounding waters with different warfare vehicles in land, air and sea.
The exercise, which started yesterday, includes rocket batteries attached to the land forces, warships attached to the navy, anti-ship systems based on land, fighter jets attached to the air force, reconnaissance and early warning aircraft, and troops controlling guided missile systems attached to the rocket forces.
The Eastern Front Command posted a computer animation depicting simulations of the attack on its social media account. In the animation, it was observed that in addition to conventional mobile missile batteries on land, long-range rocket systems were deployed further back, targeting the Island from different directions together with warplanes and ships in the Taiwan Strait.
Military observers underlined that it is the first time that the Chinese military has identified targets in Taiwan and surrounding waters as “drill targets”.
Speaking to the newspaper, Cao Xiaocuo, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, stated that certain buildings, military facilities and mobile military elements on Taiwan Island are positioned as key targets.
It was reported that the three-day exercise “aims for the Chinese armed forces to seize control of the sea, air and information by simultaneously encircling the island and suppressing it from all directions.”
70 aircraft and 11 ships spotted around the island
Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced that 70 Chinese military aircraft and 11 warships were detected around the island during the day.
In the statement of the Ministry, it was informed that 35 out of 70 aircraft crossed the air and sea lines in the Taiwan Strait, which is assumed to limit the areas of influence of the parties, and were flying in the area that Taiwan declared the “Air Defense Identification Zone” (ADIZ).
The Ministry announced yesterday that 71 aircraft and 9 ships were seen around the island. It is estimated that the flights and ship patrols are carried out in connection with military exercises.
Tsai, the leader of Taiwan, which is in a sovereignty conflict with China, made unofficial visits to the USA on the grounds of “transit transit” before and after his visits to Central American countries Guatemala and Belize.
The Taiwan leader attended the meeting organized by the Hudson Institute in New York City on March 30, and met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and the cross-party Congressional delegation in Simi Valley, California, on April 5.
The Beijing administration announced that it would impose sanctions on two organizations and their executives who mediated Tsai’s contacts while protesting the United States for his visit.
Pelosi’s visit also caused military tension
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August 2022, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, caused a crisis between Washington and Beijing. While the Chinese army held military exercises that created an actual blockade around the island after the visit, the guided missiles fired from the mainland of China fell into the waters near Taiwan during the exercises in which real weapons and ammunition were used.
After the visit, China increased its aircraft and ship patrols around Taiwan and made regular flights where it crossed the nominal “middle line” that separates the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan, which China defends as part of its territory, has enjoyed de facto independence since 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was founded. The separation that emerged after the civil war between mainland China and Taiwan still continues.
Beijing, emphasizing the principle of “One China”, opposes Taiwan’s establishing independent diplomatic relations with the countries of the world, its representation in the United Nations and other international organizations, and stipulates that the countries that recognize it should break diplomatic relations with Taiwan.