China has increased military drills and warplane attacks in Taiwan Straits for third day . China has been enraged by Pelosi visit to Taipei, which Beijing claims has violated its claims of sovereignty .
BEIJING: China cautioned the US on Saturday not to stir up a bigger crisis over Taiwan as it increased its military drills and warplane attacks in the Taiwan Straits for the third day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosis' visit to Taipei, which Beijing claims has violated its claims of sovereignty over the self-ruled island.Taiwan claims to have detected multiple Chinese aircraft and naval vessels participating in military drills across the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, suggesting a potential simulated assault on the island.According to Taiwan's ministry of defense, some of the Chinese planes and ships had crossed the fragile median line in the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the Chinese mainland.Although the number of military drills has sparked rumors that China is getting ready for an invasion of Taiwan, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi dismissed the reports.China, which sees the self-governed democratic island as its territory that should be reunified with the mainland, even by force, has been enraged by Pelosis' high-profile visit to Taipei on Wednesday, as well as her meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders.Wang has cautioned the US not to stir up a bigger problem in Taiwan by defending the Taiwan Strait's unprecedented military drills, which included firing missiles over the island.Wang, who was present at the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh, was quoted in the official media here as saying that the US's traditional approach is to first create the problems and then use them to accomplish their goal.However, he said, this method would not work in China. China has also suspended cooperation with the US in a variety of critical areas, including climate change, military affairs, and attempts to combat international criminal activity.The People's Republic of China is the only legal body in China that covers the entire country.Wang said that this is the current status quo of the Taiwan issue, rejecting criticism from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who accused Beijing of altering the status quo regarding Taiwan by using the Pelosis visit as an excuse.On Friday, Blinken, a Phnom Penh native, told the media that China's military drills in Taiwan in reaction to Pelosis' visit to the self-ruled island are a disdisproportionate and unnecessary overt increase. China continued the joint combat training exercises in the northern, southwestern, and eastern waters and airspace off Taiwan Island as scheduled for the third day on Saturday, in the hopes of elucidate the joint operations capability of the theatre command troops.On Thursday, China's four-day drills were announced.It is uncertain if the PLA, which has gone into for the most large military mobilization, which includes the deployment of an aircraft group and a nuclear submarine, will announce another series of drills.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said the visit of Speaker Pelosi triggered the new tensions and that all China's countermeasures were justified, necessary, and proportionate, defending the PLA's military drills and Japan accusing China of firing four missiles over Taiwan. Pelosi, 82, is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.In an apparent warning to the US forces stationed in the northern Yellow Sea off the coast of South Korea, the PLA also announced another series of war games on Monday.The China Maritime Safety Administration issued a navigational alert stating that the activities would last 14 days.According to official reports, the Eastern Theatre Command of China's Taiwan island announced on Saturday that joint combat drills and instruction was ongoing in the northern, southwestern, and eastern waters, as well as airspace as planned. Multiple PLA craft were detected around Taiwan Strait, some of which had crossed the median line dividing the mainland and the island, according to the Taiwan Defense Ministry, which is overwhelmed by China's military buildup.On August 5, 2022, up to 49 PLA planes crashed on the east side of the Taiwan Strait median line, according to the report.The latest PRC drills around us attempted to change the status quo of Taiwan Strait, violated our sovereignty, and sparked conflict in the Indo-Pacific zone, according to the report.#ROCArmedForces hopes no escalation, but we succumb to no challenges and act with reason, it said.