Taiwan Considers Chinese Military Drills as Part of Invasion Game Plan

Taiwan’s foreign minister Wu said on Tuesday during a press conference that China’s military drills in response to U.S. House Speaker Pelosi’s visit is a game plan for an invasion of the island. Wu added that Taiwan would not be intimidated even as the drills often breach the unofficial median line down the Taiwan Strait, while offering no time table for a possible invasion of the island, which is claimed by China as part of its own territory.

He also argued that the military exercises was an attempt to weaken public morale in Taiwan, adding that after the drills conclude, China may try to routinize its actions in an attempt to destroy the long term status quo across the Taiwan Strait.

Wu urged greater international support, as he said such moves show China’s greater geostrategic ambitions beyond Taiwan.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department is sticking to its assessment that China would not try to invade Taiwan for the next two years.

Military tensions continue to rise in the region after the end of China’s four day military exercises on Sunday, the largest ever surrounding Taiwan. Beijing announced it would conduct new military exercises around the island.

China’s Eastern Theater Command said on Tuesday it continued to hold military drills and exercises in the seas and airspace around Taiwan, with a focus on blockades and resupply logistics.

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that China’s continued military exercises “highlight that its threat of force has not decreased”.

In response to Pelosi’s visit, China also ditched some lines of communication with the United States, including theatre level military talks and discussions on climate change.

Biden said on Monday he was concerned about China’s actions in the region but he was not worried about Taiwan, saying “I don’t think [China] is going to do anything more than they are.”

The U.S. military will continue to carry out voyages through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks, according to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Kahl’s statement.

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