EThis Wednesday China has ended the military exercises around the island of Taiwan
The Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qianstated that Washington must take “full responsibility” for the tensions on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Xiao said that the trip of the speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan that China described as a “farce” and “deplorable betrayal” undermined peace and stability in the strait: “Our purpose is to send a clear and emphatic message, clearly now to those who are violating the commitment of the policy of One only China, (…) The message is clear, this is an action, a reaction to the provocations of the American part of the separatist movements on the island of Taiwan and the action, the reaction is legitimate, it is justified and there is no reason for a new approach.”
For six days, China has been conducting live-fire drills and firing missiles that hit Japan’s special economic zone.
Flights and navigation were interrupted in one of the busiest areas for world trade.
Taiwan began its own maneuvers on Tuesday to test its defensive capacity against a hypothetical invasion by China, exercises that will continue this Thursday.
China claims sovereignty over the island and considers Taiwan a rebellious province since the followers of the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party Chiang Kai-shek they withdrew there in 1949, after losing the civil war against Mao Tse Tung’s Communist Party.