The exercise of the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) off the coast of Taiwan is an irresponsible provocation. This was stated in the press service of the White House, reports Reuters.
“These actions represent a significant escalation of China's efforts to change the status quo. They are provocative, irresponsible and increase the risk of miscalculation, — said in a statement.
The United States intends to continue to support peacekeeping efforts in the Taiwan Strait, the White House added.
China began the exercise in response to US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei on Aug. 2. China considers Taiwan its own territory. The Chinese authorities sharply criticized Pelosi's visit, saying that she challenged the world, deliberately committed a provocation and violated the “one China” principle. Beijing suspended US cooperation in a number of areas and decided to impose sanctions on Pelosi.
The Taiwan Ministry of Defense announced today that at least 20 PLA Air Force aircraft entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone. The defense department clarified that ten Su-30 fighters, four J-16 and J-11 each, as well as a Y-8 electronic reconnaissance aircraft and a Y-20 air tanker, entered the air defense zone. The Taiwanese military responded by issuing radio warnings and deploying anti-aircraft missile systems.
Washington insists that Pelosi's arrival does not contradict the principle of “one China” and does not mean a change in US policy towards China. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that Beijing's suspension of US-China dialogue on some issues, including climate change, would have long-term consequences. He called the measures that China is taking as part of military exercises disproportionate to Pelosi's peaceful visit to Taiwan.
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