Taiwan: Chinese jets and ships cross the midline, Beijing breaks with the US – World

In addition to the dozens of jets and warships sent beyond the midline of the Taiwan Strait, on the second day of military maneuvers, China announced the sanctions against the speaker of the American Chamber Nancy Pelosi and the cancellation with the US of communication between military leaders , of working meetings between the ministries of defense and of the dialogue on maritime safety. Beijing’s surprise move has matured with a surge in tone that has hit the third American institutional position, as never happened in the past in bilateral relations. Unspecified sanctions to punish his visit to Taipei: of symbolic significance – such as the visa ban extended to family members based on past experience -, but to underline the deterioration of relations and the reasonable reaction coming from the US administration . “A simply unwarranted move” against Pelosi, commented White House national security spokesman John Kirby, who also assured that not all military communication channels between the United States and China have been closed. The note released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, however, clearly specified the blackout on military communication, intended to increase the risk of accidents and misunderstandings, and the ‘suspension’ instead of the dialogue on sectors such as the repatriation of illegal immigrants, assistance to criminal justice and climate. “Stopping the climate change dialogue is irresponsible,” Kirby noted on the point. The White House, meanwhile, has summoned Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang to condemn the escalation of Beijing’s actions against Taiwan and reiterate that the United States does not want a crisis in the region, the day after launching ballist missiles on the rebel island. of 23 million people, China sent jets and warships across the midline of the Taiwan Strait in the first such incursion in years. The Taipei Defense Ministry estimated that up to the afternoon at least 68 fighters (of which 49 above the midline) and 13 naval units had kept operational activities to increase the pressure on the island in unprecedented and increasingly assertive ways. “China needs to finish its drills to ease the tension,” Kirby added, but China’s modalities so far raise more than one concern. The use of war ammunition, the launch of missiles near Taiwan and its islands, the encirclement to the east coast – the farthest from the Chinese mainland – have created a sort of air-naval blockade, as if to test measures and strategies that they are not necessarily the prelude to an invasion. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called China’s reaction to Pelosi’s visit “sensationally provocative”, denouncing an attempt to change the status quo. While Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has deemed China’s launching of missiles near the busy international air and sea routes around the island “irresponsible”. UN secretary Antonio Guterres has launched an appeal for moderation to the two superpowers: “One cannot imagine a world in harmony without an open and serene dialogue between the US and China”. An appeal for calm also came from the EU with Josep Borrell who expressed strong “concern” about the risks of “tragic consequences”. But, in return, Beijing replied, the essence of the Taiwan affair “is not a democratic question, but an important question of principle on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China”, re-launched the response of the Foreign Ministry spokesman. Hua Chunying. The hypothesis of the official media is that in the exercises cyberattacks and drones can enter the field in a massive way to add other pieces on the defense and resistance capabilities. While the answer to the question on the real developments that President XI Jinping will want to give to the “targeted military maneuvers” always hangs unanswered.

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