March 22, 2023

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Taiwan: Chinese planes and ships cross the center line, Beijing cuts ties between the United States and the world

In addition to dozens of aircraft and warships sent across the center line of the Taiwan Strait, on the second day of military exercises, China announced the imposition of sanctions on American Chamber President Nancy Pelosi and the cancellation of communication with the United States between military leaders. And working meetings between the Ministries of Defense and dialogue on maritime safety. Beijing’s sudden move matured with a rise in tone hitting the US’s third institutional position, as never in the past in bilateral relations. Unspecified sanctions to punish his visit to Taipei: Symbolically meaningful – such as the extended visa ban for family members based on past experience – but to underscore the deterioration of relations and the reasonable response coming from the US administration. White House national security spokesman John Kirby commented that it was “just an unjustified move” against Pelosi, and also emphasized that not all military channels of communication between the United States and China had been closed. The memo from China’s Foreign Ministry, however, clearly set out a blackout on military communications, with the goal of increasing the risk of accidents and misunderstanding, and “suspension” rather than dialogue on sectors such as repatriation of illegal immigrants, criminal justice assistance and climate. “Stopping the dialogue on climate change is irresponsible,” Kirby noted. Meanwhile, the White House summoned Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang to condemn Beijing’s escalation of actions against Taiwan, and stress that the United States does not want a crisis in the region, the day after the launch of ballistic missiles on the rebel island of 23 million people. People, China sent planes and warships across the center line of the Taiwan Strait in the first such incursion in years. The Ministry of Defense in Taipei estimated that by the afternoon, at least 68 fighters (49 of whom were out of midfield) and 13 naval units had conducted operational activities to increase pressure on the island in unprecedented and increasingly assertive ways. “China needs to end its exercises to de-escalate tensions,” Kirby added, but the measures China has taken so far raise more than one concern. The use of war munitions, the launching of missiles near Taiwan and its islands, and the encirclement of the eastern coast – the furthest from the Chinese mainland – created a kind of air and sea blockade, as if it were a test of the actions and strategies that it is. Not necessarily a prelude to an invasion. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described China’s reaction to Pelosi’s visit as “dramatically provocative,” denouncing the attempt to change the status quo. While Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called China’s launch of missiles near the busy international air and sea routes around the island “irresponsible”. United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres launched an appeal for moderation to the two superpowers: “One cannot imagine a world in harmony without an open and calm dialogue between the United States and China.” There was also a call from the European Union for calm with Josep Borrell, who expressed his grave “concern” about the risks of “tragic consequences”. But, in return, Beijing responded, that the core of the Taiwan issue “is not a question of democracy, but an important principle of principle on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” releasing the Foreign Ministry spokesman’s response. Hua Chunying. The premise of the official media is that in exercises, cyber attacks and drones can enter the field in a massive way to add other parts to defense and resistance capabilities. While the answer to the question of what real developments Eleventh President Xi Jinping will want to give to “targeted military exercises” always remains unanswered.

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