Taipei’s response to Beijing’s operations after the controversy surrounding Nancy Pelosi’s visit
Taiwan will organize two large-scale live-fire artillery exercises in the south of the island this week to test its combat readiness in the face of growing military threats from Beijing. This was announced by the armed forces of Taipei. Military units involved include the Artillery Command, the Infantry Troops stationed in Pingtung, the Hualien Defense Command and the Island Coast Guard.
Exercises in the south of the island – The operation will be conducted in Fenggang, in the south of the island, and follows the exercises launched by China in response to the visit of the speaker of the US parliament Nancy Pelosi. According to reports from the Taiwanese press, the exercises will be on Tuesday and Thursday. The armed forces will also conduct annual exercises on September 5, also in Pingtung.
China’s operations – The initiative is added to the “control and tracking” operations that the Taiwanese Minister of Defense has been able to hold in recent days following the firing of ballistic missiles, the flight of aircraft and the navigation of Chinese war units, often beyond the midline of the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan: Chinese maneuvers towards closure – The island’s Ministry of Transport has meanwhile affirmed that “the ban on flying and navigation” in locations in the seven areas around the island, designated off-limits following China’s maxi exercises, it has failed since Sunday, thus noting that the operations of the People’s Liberation Army are coming to an end. The ban on the seventh zone, in the waters east of Taiwan, will remain in effect until 10 am local time on Monday 8 August. “Flights and departures can resume,” added the ministry, signaling a gradual return to normal for transport.