China Starts Week-long Muscle Flexing Military Exercises Near Taiwan

China Holds Military Drills Near Taiwan

China Holds Military Drills Near Taiwan

According to military units that participated in the drill, its scale is similar to the live fire exercises conducted at the same base during the annual Han Kuang live-fire exercises, Taiwan's biggest military drill.

"The PLA will resolutely defeat anyone attempting to separate Taiwan from China and safeguard national unity at all costs", the paper said.

Two-way trade between ASEAN members and China topped $580 billion previous year, while Chinese investment in Southeast Asian nations hit almost $10 billion, making the region its second-largest investment destination for the first time, Wang said, adding that China has Belt and Road projects with every ASEAN member.

China views self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as a renegade province that must be brought back into the fold - by force if necessary - while frequently targeting Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, with invectives.

Beijing sees Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting unification, even though the two sides have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.

The drills are to include "all military branches of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) according to China's Global Times, a state-run publication".

2020 figures to be an interesting year for China and Taiwan.

Vietnam's call to rally the worldwide community was a departure from its usual cautious responses to China, which seeks to settle rows bilaterally.

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After the U.S. approved a plan to sell $2.22 billion worth of arms to the island earlier this month, China's Defense Ministry announced a military drill near the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland. M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, among other weapons.

The Vietnam Fisheries Society said it requested "the authorities of Vietnam to protest more strongly against China's activities.and demand that China immediately withdraw the Haiyang Dizhi 8 from Vietnamese waters".

On Monday China issued an alert regarding a drill near Dongshandao, a coastal area in the Chinese province of Fujian, directly opposite of Taiwan, Taiwan News reported.

Two days after a Chinese coastguard ship was tracked near the oil block on July 16, in what USA thinktank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) called a "threatening manner", the Vietnamese arm of Russia's Sputnik state news agency said President Vladimir Putin sent a personal message of gratitude to Rosneft Vietnam for developing the block. China's foreign ministry did not respond immediately.

"Definitely, Washington has that strategic room for manoeuvre", he said.

In recent years, it has stepped up its military drills around Taiwan, including regularly flying what Beijing calls "island encirclement" exercises and sending warships into surrounding waters. Social media users have also called on the government to launch a lawsuit against China.

China has maintained its hard-line stance on Taiwan, with an editorial in the state-run China Daily on Thursday claiming that the rationale behind the latest US warship dispatch to the strait was "seemingly explicit, since the move coincided with the release of China's white paper". "If it thinks that Beijing will not deliver on this commitment, it is in for a rude awakening".

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