China calls increased military exercises near Taiwan a ‘just’ move to protect peace

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China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday that Chinese military exercises near Taiwan are aimed at forces promoting the island’s formal independence and are a “just” move to protect peace and stability.

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It also said that the exercise is aimed at interference by outside forces.

Military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, are at their worst in more than 40 years. Taiwan’s defense minister said last week, adding that China would be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion by 2025.

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He was speaking when China carried out four consecutive days of large-scale air force incursions into Taiwan’s air defense detection zone, beginning on 1 October, as part of Taipei’s escalation of military harassment by Beijing. Was part of a pattern of thoughts.

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Speaking at a regular news briefing in Beijing, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said the current tensions were caused by “collusion” of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with foreign powers and demands for Taiwan’s independence. There was a “provocation” about it.

The Chinese exercises are aimed at this collusion – an indirect reference to US support for Taiwan – and separatist activities, protecting the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as protecting peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits.

“They’re just taking action,” Ma said.

“The propaganda of the so-called ‘military threat’ of the mainland by DPP officers is a complete reversal of right and wrong, and a bogus allegation,” he said.

“If DPP officials remain stubbornly inclined to go about things the wrong way, and don’t know how to back off the edge, it will push Taiwan into a more dangerous position.”

Taiwan says it is an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name, and will defend its independence and democracy.

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Despite Ma’s comments, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen both delivered relatively conciliatory speeches over the weekend, even as Xi vowed to bring Taiwan under his control and Tsai said that They will not be forced to bow down to China.

Xi didn’t mention resorting to force on Taiwan, while Tsai repeated Desire for peace and dialogue with China.

(Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Tom Hogg and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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