|Heats up, China resumes combat drills in Taiwan|
The exercise was held to respond to the visit of a delegation from the United States Congress led by Democratic senator Edward J Markey to Taiwan on Sunday (14/8) to Monday. "The PLA is organizing several combat units to carry out patrol and combat preparedness exercises," Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for PLA Eastern Fleet Command, told the press.
The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Fleet Command has again deployed troops from various combat units to conduct exercises around Taiwan's air and seaspace. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin urged the US to adhere to the principle of one China and three China-US joint communiqués, which stipulate that Taiwan is part of China's sovereign territory.
"The delegation led by US Senator Ed Markey has ignored China's demarcation. This is a clear violation of the one China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiqués," he said at a regular press conference in Beijing on Monday.
Ed Markey's visit comes 12 days after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, which angered China to the point of deploying a massive military force around the island of Taiwan on August 3, 2022. The deployment of Chinese military forces around the Taiwan Strait was carried out on August 2-7.
On Monday (8/8), the PLA concluded the exercise. However, Ed Markey suddenly made visits and meetings of several Taiwanese officials from Sunday to Monday (14/8) so that China re-deployed its military forces.