BEIJING: Following Nancy Pelosi’s contentious visit to the self-governing island last week, China’s largest-ever military drills outside Taiwan came to an end on Sunday.
Beijing has reacted angrily to Pelosi’s trip, which saw the greatest elected US politician to visit Taiwan in many years tear up a number of agreements and talks with Washington, least notably those on changing climate and defence.
Analysts assert that in addition, it has deployed fighter jets, cruisers, and ballistic missiles everywhere throughout Taiwan in readiness for a blockade and ultimate invasion of the island. Even though Beijing has not officially declared that the exercises have ended, they were supposed to on Sunday.
Six of the seven “temporary danger zones” that China had advised flights to avoid were no longer in place as of midday on Sunday, according to Taiwan’s transport ministry, indicating a partial winding down of the drills. The seventh zone, which is located in the waters east of Taiwan, was stated to be in place until 10 am (0200 GMT) gmt on Monday.
According to Taipei, some routes in the seventh area were still impacted, and authorities there will keep an eye on ship movements.
Additionally, Beijing has declared new drills would occur through August 15 in the Yellow Sea, which is situated among China as well as the Korean peninsula.
Beijing had “exercises in the sea or airspace near Taiwan earlier on Sunday.The Chinese military’s Eastern Command reported that Beijing had earlier on Sunday “conducted exercises in the sea the airspace near Taiwan Island as planned.”