China-Taiwan Conflict Today
Tensions between China and Taiwan have escalated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducting precision strike simulations against critical targets in Taiwan and nearby waters. These exercises, described as “combat readiness,” have entered their second day, according to South China Morning Post, which cited Chinese state media.
Stand-Off in Taiwan Strait
As per the latest developments, at least 10 Chinese and 10 Taiwanese warships are in a stand-off near the median line of the Taiwan Strait. Earlier today, the Taiwan Defence Ministry claimed in a social media post that they had detected at least 71 PLA aircraft and 9 PLAN vessels around Taiwan by 6 am. The Taiwanese Armed Forces have monitored the situation and tasked CAP aircraft, Navy vessels, and land-based missile systems to respond to the Chinese aggression.
It is worth noting that for the past two days, Chinese military aircraft have been conducting “military exercises” in retaliation to the brief visit of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to the United States.
Taiwan Split with China in 1949
Taiwan split with China in 1949 after a civil war. The ruling Communist Party insists that the island is obliged to rejoin the mainland, by force if necessary. Beijing believes that contact with foreign officials encourages Taiwanese who want formal independence, a step that would lead to war, as per the ruling party.
Joint Sword Exercises
According to a PLA statement, the “Joint Sword” exercises are “a serious warning against the collusion and provocation between the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces and external forces.” The statement further added that the exercises aim to “defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
The exercises are planned to include a destroyer, missile boats, ballistic missiles, and land-based anti-ship missiles, as well as early warning, electronic warfare, and tanker aircraft, according to The Global Times, a newspaper published by the Communist Party.
Military analysts suggest that in the event of an attack, China’s possible strategy is to try to pressure Taiwan to surrender by blocking sea and air traffic, preventing the United States, Japan, or other allies from intervening or sending supplies.
On Saturday, the PLA was testing its ability to dominate the sea, air, and information and to “create a situation of deterrence and suppression,” according to mainland newspaper The China Daily.
As tensions continue to rise between China and Taiwan, it is essential to hope for peaceful resolutions to this ongoing conflict. Both nations must engage in diplomatic dialogues to ensure the safety and security of their people and the world at large.