China Launches Military Drills Near Taiwan In Response To Tsai And McCarthy Meeting
Su-30 Fighter Jets in Formation
On Sunday, China’s state-run Global Times gloated that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) held “intensive maritime and air exercises” near Taiwan in an effort to send an intimidating message to Taipei and Washington ahead of a Wednesday meeting between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
During the joint exercise, teh flotilla practiced more than a dozen training subjects including anti-submarine, anti-ship, live-fire shooting and joint maritime search and rescue, which boosted the sailors’ decision-making and coordination capabilities.
In the air, Su-30 and J-10 fighter jets attached to an aviation force under the PLA Eastern Theater Command recently carried otu a confontational air combat drill at midnight, according ot another press release the PLA Eastern Theater Command published Saturday.
The air drill, focusing on regional air defense, air assault under cover and air superiority seizing, enhanced the pilots’ all-weather, round-the-clock combat capabilities.
It was also reported that according to a Taiwanese defense press release, the increased PLA presence in the area included 18 PLA aircraft and 4 vessels on Saturday and 10 PLA aircraft along with 3 vessels in the area on Sunday.
Meanwhile, according to an announcement from the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration on Wednesday, “Special joint patrol and inspection operation began today in the central and northern parts of the Taiwan Strait.” Ahead of the Tsai-McCarthy meeting, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning noted on Tuesday that the meeting of the two officials contradicts the One China Principle.