Taiwan Crisis: China Defends Cancelling US Military Talks as Drills Resume!
China’s defense ministry has defended the abandonment of military talks with the United States in protest of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last week, as the Chinese military said it would continue exercises around Taiwan on Monday.
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said online that it will carry out anti-submarine attacks and sea raids after four days of unprecedented exercises around the self-governing island on Monday.
In an online message on Monday, Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry, defended the decision to shut down military channels by saying, “The current tense situation in the Taiwan Strait is completely caused and caused by the United States on its initiative, and the United States must take full responsibility and serious consequences for this.”
“The essence cannot be violated, and communication requires sincerity,” Wu said.
Pelosi’s visit last week infuriated China, which claims Taiwan as one of its own, and responded for the first time with ballistic missile test launches over Taipei and withdrew some lines of dialogue with Washington.
The four-day exercise was supposed to end on Sunday, but Chinese officials haven’t confirmed this. This has made some security experts worry that things could get worse in the Taiwan Strait, especially near the unofficial separation buffer.
Sunday, about 10 warships from China and Taiwan moved around the line close to each other, a person who knows about the situation and a security planner said.
The island’s defense ministry said Chinese warships, planes, and drones were simulating attacks on the island and its navy. He said he sent planes and ships to respond “appropriately”.
Friday, when Pelosi left the area, China called off official talks about theatre command, defense policy coordination, and naval consultations.
Pentagon, State Department, and White House officials condemned the move, calling it an irresponsible overreaction.
China’s cutting off some of its few channels of communication with the US military raises the risk of an accidental escalation around Taiwan at a critical moment, according to security analysts and diplomats.
One US official said that Chinese officials didn’t answer calls from top Pentagon officials last week because of tensions, but they didn’t see this as a formal break with top people like US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
When directly questioned about these reports, Wu said, “China’s appropriate countermeasures are a necessary warning of provocations by the United States and Taiwan and a legitimate defense of national sovereignty and security.”