Even as nations in the west, and various other countries in the far east support Taiwan and its independence, the big brother neighbor, China, is bullying the island nation that it claims as a territory.
China carried out assault drills near Taiwan on Tuesday, with warships and fighter jets exercising off the southwest and southeast of the island in what the country’s armed forces said was a response to “external interference” and “provocations”.
Taiwan, which Beijing claims as Chinese territory, has complained of repeated People’s Liberation Army (PLA) drills in its vicinity in the past two years or so, part of a pressure campaign to force the island to accept China’s sovereignty.
In a brief statement, the PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command said warships, anti-submarine aircraft, and fighter jets had been dispatched close to Taiwan to carry out “joint fire assault and other drills using actual troops”.
It did not give details.
“In addition to seeking air supremacy over Taiwan, they have also been conducting frequent electronic reconnaissance and electronic interference operations,” the person said.
Why are the Chinese doing this? I could just be in a bid to get the Taiwanese to surrender to them, but another idea is being floated.
Taiwan believes China is trying to gather electronic signals from U.S. and Japanese aircraft so that they can “paralyze reinforcing aircraft including F-35s in a war”, the source said, referring to the U.S.-operated stealth fighter.
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