Taiwan warns China not to approach during military exercise

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The Ministry of Defense of Taiwan warned the China on Wednesday it will take strong measures in response to the approach of Chinese forces to the island, while Beijing has argued that its incursions into the Taiwanese air defense zone are aimed at forces defending the island’s formal independence and are “fair” actions to protect the island. peace.

Beijing also said the exercises are aimed at interference from outside forces.

Military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory, are at their worst in more than 40 years, the Taiwanese defense minister said last week, adding that China will be able to carry out an invasion of “scale total” on the island by 2025.

He spoke after four straight days of Chinese Air Force incursions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone that began Oct. 1, part of a pattern of what Taipei sees as a growing military harassment of Beijing.

No shots were fired and the Chinese aircraft were far away from Taiwanese airspace, concentrating their activities in the southwestern portion of the island’s air defense area.

In a report to parliament, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the island’s forces would adopt the principle of “the closer they come, the stronger the countermeasures.”

The ministry has again expressed concern about the growing Chinese military buildup, with new aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines and amphibious assault ships starting operations.