Beijing conducts military exercises around Taiwan to intimidate the visit of the US Congress

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China responded forcefully to the US Congress’ visit to Taiwan by holding military exercises in nearby waters.

A task force of frigates, bombers and fighters maneuvered close to Taiwanese waters in a move the People’s Liberation Army said was aimed at targeting “false signals” sent by the United States in its show of support for Taiwan.

Meanwhile, China’s J-20 stealth fighter – widely seen as an attempted clone of a US F-35 aircraft – will begin patrols in the South China Sea in a renewed effort to gain control of the disputed waters, with Indonesia claiming parts of it. the Philippines and Vietnam, respectively.

“This operation is in response to the recent repeated dissemination of false signals by the United States on the Taiwan issue,” said Shi Yiluo, a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command, without referring to the visiting US lawmakers.

America’s bad behavior and tricks are futile and extremely dangerous. He who plays with fire will burn himself.

China's J-20 stealth fighter, above - widely seen as an attempted clone of the US F-35 - will begin patrols in the South China Sea

China’s J-20 stealth fighter, above – widely seen as an attempted clone of the US F-35 – will begin patrols in the South China Sea

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen poses for a group photo with US Senator Lindsey Graham, Bob Menendez, Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other members of the US delegation, at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen poses for a group photo with US Senator Lindsey Graham, Bob Menendez, Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other members of the US delegation, at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan

Xi Jinping has sent his new J-20 stealth fighter to patrol the disputed waters of the South China Sea while ordering military exercises near Taiwan in order to intimidate the island nation he intends to invade.

Xi Jinping has sent his new J-20 stealth fighter to patrol the disputed waters of the South China Sea while ordering military exercises near Taiwan in order to intimidate the island nation he intends to invade.

US Senator Bob Menendez (R), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a congressional delegation to visit the island.  He was greeted by Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (left)

US Senator Bob Menendez (R), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a congressional delegation to visit the island. He was greeted by Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (left)

A special force of frigates, bombers and fighters maneuvered close to Taiwanese waters.  Above: Yuzhao Navy and Poeple Liberation Army's Liberation Army Navy amphibious transport dock ship

A special force of frigates, bombers and fighters maneuvered close to Taiwanese waters. Above: Yuzhao Navy and Poeple Liberation Army’s Liberation Army Navy amphibious transport dock ship

The People's Liberation Army said the military exercise was aimed at targeting

The People’s Liberation Army said the military exercises were aimed at targeting the “false signals” sent by the United States in its show of support for Taiwan. Above: Chinese military H-6K bomber

The Global Times, its mouthpiece, said the J-20, China’s most powerful stealth fighter, has begun patrols in the East and South China Seas, which will enable the warplane to better protect the security of China’s airspace and maritime interests. to the communist system.

During Friday’s meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, US Senator Bob Menendez, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described the technology center as a “country of global importance” and its security has implications for the world.

Menendez added that Taiwan produces 90% of the world’s high-quality semiconductor products, making it “a country of global importance, influence and influence.”

“We must understand that Taiwan’s security has a global impact.”

Semiconductors are a vital component of electrical devices, and are found in nearly every form of technology used in communications, computing, healthcare, military systems, transportation, clean energy, and many more.

China would surely resent referring to Taiwan as a “state”, and regards US support for the democratic island off its coast as a form of interference in its internal affairs.

There are no official relations between the United States and Taiwan, but it has always been the most important supporter and guarantor of its security.

Taiwan operates under China’s apparent ambitions to “reunify” the island with the mainland under Chinese Communist Party rule.

The Chinese Communist Party has never controlled self-governing Taiwan, but nevertheless considers the island part of its territory.  Threats to annex the island have become more hostile under Xi Jinping (pictured in Beijing, Friday, April 8, 2022)

The Chinese Communist Party has never controlled self-governing Taiwan, but nevertheless considers the island part of its territory. Threats to annex the island have become more hostile under Xi Jinping (pictured in Beijing, Friday, April 8, 2022)

Beijing claims the autonomous island of Taiwan as its territory, and has promised to take it by force if necessary.  Aggressive flights of warplanes have stepped up in recent months

Beijing claims the autonomous island of Taiwan as its territory, and has promised to take it by force if necessary. Aggressive flights of warplanes have stepped up in recent months

Taiwan's military today published an official handbook that advises civilians on how to prepare for a possible Chinese invasion, including where to find bomb shelters and how to store emergency supplies (Taiwan Army soldiers during exercises to boost preparedness, amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and China, in Taiwan, Jan. 2022)

Taiwan’s military today published an official handbook that advises civilians on how to prepare for a possible Chinese invasion, including where to find bomb shelters and how to store emergency supplies (Taiwan Army soldiers during exercises to boost preparedness, amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and China, in Taiwan, Jan. 2022)

Menendez was among a group of six bipartisan US lawmakers visiting the island to show support for the island’s democracy in the face of persistent Chinese pressure.

He acknowledged that China was “very unhappy” about the visit, but that would not stop the United States from supporting Taiwan, which has a population of 24 million, in its dispute with Beijing, which rules more than 1.4 billion people in a hypothetical police state.

Taiwan has been encouraged by US support from the Biden administration, which has repeatedly spoken of its “unwavering” commitment to the democratically governed island.

This has strained Sino-US relations, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian describing the visit as “arrogant” and “irresponsible”.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that the United States was 'on the wrong and dangerous path'.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned that the United States was ‘on the wrong and dangerous path’.

Zhao warned yesterday that the United States was “going on the wrong and dangerous path” by not adhering to the one-China principle.

The Chinese Communist Party has never controlled self-governing Taiwan, but nevertheless views the island as part of its territory and has vowed to take it one day by force if necessary.

Taiwan’s military on Tuesday released an official handbook that advises civilians on how to prepare for a possible Chinese invasion, including where to find bomb shelters and how to store emergency supplies.

Threats against the island have become more hostile under the rule of Xi Jinping, China’s most authoritarian leader in a generation, while the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine has also heightened fears that China will soon follow through on threats to annex its smaller neighbour.

The 28-page guide contains information that “can be used by the general public as a guideline for emergency response in a military crisis or natural disaster,” Defense Ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang said during an introduction at an online press conference.

This is the first time that the Taiwanese military has published such a pamphlet.

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