China has said its recent fire drills in the strained South China Sea have been a warning to Taiwan, threatening to unite the self-governing island with the mainland if necessary.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has intensified his forces military operation of the country around the island of Taiwan, where in recent weeks, a historical maritime patrol and other large fire suits took place. A Fengshan, a spokesman for the state government's Chinese office for Taiwan affairs, said on Wednesday that these measures are intended as a message to Taiwan officials who regard their autonomous government as completely unrelated to leadership in Beijing.
"It's a strong warning against the separatist forces of Taiwan independence and their activities," An said at a news conference. "It demonstrates our determination and our ability to preserve national sovereignty and territorial integrity."
"We have the determination, confidence and ability to protect our national sovereignty and territorial integrity and separatist activities in Taiwan regardless of their form to keep. There is no way out for Taiwan's "independence," he added [1
On Tuesday, the state-run Chinese Global Television Network broadcasts footage of Chinese Z-9 submarine helicopters, leaving a naval flotilla to conduct anti-ship exercises in the South China Sea Chinese military expert and commentator Song Zhongping told the official Communist Party The Global Ti That the maneuvers that took place on Friday were better planned. China is preparing to confront Taiwan and other countries that might try to destroy Chinese warships with high-speed gunboats should the conflict break out.
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On the same day as the drills took place, China sent its Sukhoi Su-35, built in Russia. According to the Chinese Ministry of Defense, jet fighters are to launch Xian H-6K bombers, Shenyang J-11 jets and KJ-2000 early-warning aircraft over the Bashi for the first time Channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines. Two groups of bombers circled the island as part of the exercises.
These developments follow last month's explosions aimed at Taiwanese independence aspirations and the largest naval parade in Chinese history. Xi Jinping himself made a surprise visit to the event and spoke of the "urgent" need to rebuild the navy of his country. A comprehensive index released last week by the Lowy Institute found that China is the second largest military force in Asia, but its growing footprint has been facing serious challenges from its top rival, the US
U.S. The military have branded China's maritime military presence as a threat to Washington's interests. Navy Admiral Philip S. Davidson, the candidate for the head of the US Pacific Command, said in front of the Senate Armed Forces Committee last month, "China is now able to control the South China Sea in all scenarios without war with the United States. "  Since 1972, the US has recognized the Communist-led government in Beijing as the sole representative of China, but Washington maintains informal relations with Taiwan. President Donald Trump prolonged this relationship when he signed the Taiwan Travel Act in March at the height of a trade dispute with China and brought Xi and his government on the line.