World China Shows Off Army, Navy Landing Capabilities After U.S. Senators Visit Taiwan
China Furious Over U.S. Senators' Trip to Taiwan, Says It Could Embolden Separatist Forces
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that China "expresses strong dissatisfaction" about the visit by the three senators.During a recent press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that China "expresses strong dissatisfaction [about the visit] and has lodged a solemn representation," according to Channel News Asia (CNA).
Themilitary released footage of an amphibious transport and beach landing exercise in the seas across from a day after three U.S. senators made a highly watched visit to Taipei on the back of a freighter.
The(PLA) drill took place at an unspecified time and place off the coast of Fujian province in southeastern China, according to separate reports published Monday by the PLA's and China's state broadcaster CCTV.
China Nationalists Mock Government Inaction Over U.S. Senators' Taiwan Visit
China's state-owned media outlets were flooded with comments by unsatisfied Weibo users this week. This follows reports of the government's response to Sunday's visit to Taipei by three U.S. senators.Weibo, which boasts more than half a billion active monthly users, has become the breeding ground for an "especially toxic variant" of jingoism, which has left elements of the Chinese public with "high expectations" when it comes to Taiwan, one analyst told Newsweek.
Images showed PLA Army vehicles and troops loading into PLA Navy amphibious landing craft, before being offloaded in the Taiwan Strait and navigating themselves back to a designated beach.
The training mission involved the 72nd Group Army, usually stationed in Huzhou, Zhejiang, which transported amphibious fighting vehicles and supplies to an imaginary beachhead, according to the reports.
PLA Army elements that took part in the final "beach assault" had to navigate "complicated condition at sea," said CCTV, which carried images of armored vehicles reversing into the docks of Chinese amphibious warfare vessels.
Type 072A landing ship Taihangshan and Type 072III landing ship Putuoshan—both of the PLA's East Sea Fleet—took part in the long-distance transport exercise, the pictures showed.
China tests ‘carrier killer’ after threatening US over Taiwan contacts
Chinese forces tested their ability to deploy ballistic missiles designed to strike U.S. aircraft carriers, as Beijing raises the specter of an invasion of neighboring Taiwan in response to a recent visit to the island by three U.S. senators. © Provided by Washington Examiner “We have been holding night exercises on a regular basis recently, which usually continues until early the next day,” People’s Liberation Army Col. Jiang Feng said of the Tuesday drills, according to regional media.
While the exercise may have taken place days or even weeks before, China's decision to publish the images on Monday was not a coincidence, according to Chinese Communist Party-owned newspaper Global Times.
The beach assault exercises "built a concrete basis for winning possible future battles against Taiwan secessionists, following the latest US provocation by sending a military transport aircraft to the island of Taiwan," the state-run tabloid said on Tuesday.
It quoted military commentatoras saying the PLA was "enhancing its combat readiness against Taiwan secessionists and those behind them," in an apparent reference to the United States—which has led concerted calls for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait since President took office.
'Prepare for War,' China Military Warns in New Propaganda Poster for Taiwan
The People's Liberation Army has released images from a series of military exercises this week, following the high-profile visit to Taiwan by three U.S. senators on Sunday.Articles published by the information arm of the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) 80th Group Army carried stark warnings for "splittists" and a poster reading "prepare for war." The campaign material was widely shared on Wednesday by users on China's popular social media services Weibo and WeChat.
During Sunday's three-hour visit to Taipei by senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the delegation announced the Biden administration's intention to donate 750,000 U.S.-made vaccines to the island. Taiwan is experiencing its first serious coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic.
China's foreign and defense ministries protested the whirlwind visit—done on the grounds of humanitarian assistance—but took particular issue with the senators' mode of transport: a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III.
Taiwan Air Force Warns China of 'Consequences' As Warplanes Intrude
A rare intercept appeared to capture a Taiwanese radio operator's stark warning to Chinese military aircraft detected inside Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Tuesday.Plane spotters monitoring the airwaves around Taiwan said they captured the exchange on the aeronautical emergency frequency 121.5 MHz at 9:20 a.m. Taipei time, on a morning that saw 17 warnings sent to PLA warplanes in the space of six hours.
Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China's defense ministry, called the trip a "political show" and "vicious political provocation."
The PLA will "strike head-on" anyone who tries to separate Taiwan from China, he added.
Newsweek has contacted the Chinese Embassy in Washington for comment.
The US sent 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan - more than triple it initially pledged - as it deals with an unexpected outbreak .
Prior to Taiwan's May outbreak, its COVID-19 death toll was about a dozen. Now, more than 500 people have died of the disease.As the Associated Press reported Sunday, Taiwan had been relatively successful in staving off COVID-19 until May. Prior to May, just about a dozen people had died from the virus in Taiwan, but the death toll now sits at 538, according to data analyzed by Johns Hopkins University.