Date: Aug 14, 2020
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WARSAW, (BM) – What has already been announced has happened, i.e. China is to make a show of strength in the course of military maneuvers, which are Beijing’s direct response to the visit of the American official delegation to Taiwan. However, the Taiwanese authorities are also not passive and indicate that an increase in the defense budget is planned for the next year.
China emphasizes that it had to take the necessary steps to secure sovereignty and security in the region. Of course, it is about the commenced military exercises within the Theater Eastern Command. They involve a number of units and are conducted near the strategic Taiwan Strait. Their military goal is to test combat readiness and the possibility of cooperation between various formations.
And a political response to the visit of the official delegation from the United States, led by the American secretary of health, to Taiwan. Beijing believes that such behavior on the part of the United States (not directly indicated, but you can safely read it) sends the wrong signals against what is known in China as “separatist forces”.
The spokesman of the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, presented the matter clearly, neither, nor under any circumstances – e.g. the COVID19 pandemic, official US-Taiwanese relations should not take place and Beijing is strongly against them. It must be remembered that for the Chinese authorities there is no such thing as the Republic of China in Taiwan and we are dealing with the so-called a rebellious province that is part of the territory of the People’s Republic of China. [FULL STORY]