Taiwan PM urges China to stop ‘showing muscle’

China should not rely on its military capabilities to destabilize the situation, Taiwan's premier said. According to him, people in Taiwan are being pressured by cyberattacks and disinformation companies =”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

China “brazenly” used its military to disrupt regional stability and peace, Beijing should stop displaying military capabilities, Taiwanese premier Su Zhengchang told reporters at Nanji Industrial Park. The broadcast was conducted on YouTube.

“We would like to urge the Chinese government not to rely on its own military power, showing muscles everywhere and hindering regional peace,” said Su Zhengchang (quoted by FTV News).

According to him, “foreign enemies” hope to undermine the spirit of the people of Taiwan through cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said that by the morning of August 7, a large number of Chinese ships, aircraft and drones continued to exercise near the island, simulating an attack on Taiwan. The military department noted that they sent planes and ships to respond to what is happening “properly”, reports Reuters.

The Chinese military began sea and air firing exercises on Tuesday, August 2, in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan. Beijing considers the island part of its territory, the Taiwanese authorities insist on independence. The Chinese authorities criticized Pelosi for visiting Taiwan, accusing her of provocation and violating the “one China” principle.

In China, they said that the exercises would end on Sunday, August 7. On the eve of August 6, another maneuver was announced in Beijing, which will last until August 15 in the southern part of the Yellow Sea.

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The foreign ministers of the United States, Japan and Australia called on China to immediately end military exercises near Taiwan, pointing out that these actions “seriously affect international peace and stability.” The White House called the Chinese military maneuvers an irresponsible provocation that increases the “risk of miscalculation.” “These actions represent a significant escalation of China's efforts to change the status quo,” stressed in the press service of the White House.

The Pentagon command has repeatedly tried to contact the command of the Chinese army amid tensions, but they did not answer calls, Politico reported, citing sources.

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