(Deutsche Welle Chinese website) On Tuesday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs low-key confirmed the news that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives came to Taiwan on a military plane. Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ou Jiang’an was unwilling to respond positively to the matter. He only told a reporter from the Central News Agency that the relevant itinerary was coordinated by the Taipei Office of the American Association in Taiwan (AIT/T), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the delegation’s needs. And coordinated the Central Epidemic Command Center on relevant epidemic prevention measures.
In response to media inquiries, Presidential Office Spokesperson Zhang Dunhan did not give any further explanation on the specific reasons for the visit of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and the composition of the staff. The results of mutual trust and coordination, and respect for the wishes of the guests, the Presidential Palace did not explain further, the relevant information will be explained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in due course.
“United News” reported that the U.S. Navy C-40 transport plane boarded by U.S. congressmen took off from Manila to Taiwan at 16:40 on Tuesday. It landed at Taipei Songshan Airport at 18:17 and lifted off at 19:10. Leaving Taipei Songshan.
On June 6 this year, three U.S. senators arrived in Taipei on a military plane. (Data map)
Joint Operational Readiness in the Eastern Theater of China
Only a few hours later that day, Shi Yi, a spokesperson for the Eastern Theater of China, announced that the Eastern Theater of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army organized a joint combat readiness police patrol in the direction of the Taiwan Strait to further test and enhance the joint combat capabilities of multiple services and arms.
The army colonel said that this military action was taken in response to the serious wrong words and deeds of relevant countries on the Taiwan issue and the activities of the separatist forces of “Taiwan independence”, and it is a necessary measure to safeguard national sovereignty. He also said that theater troops will always maintain a high level of alert and will take all necessary measures to resolutely respond to all provocative acts that endanger China‘s core interests and undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
At the same time, the Ministry of National Defense of China made a statement about the US Senate and House’s visit to Taiwan by military plane, saying that the Chinese government “resolutely opposed and strongly condemned.” Chinese Ministry of National Defense spokesperson Tan Kefei said in Beijing on Tuesday: “We are telling the U.S. to immediately stop provocative actions, immediately stop all destructive actions leading to the escalation of tension in the Taiwan Strait, and not send false signals to the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces. We warn the DPP authorities. Don’t misjudge the situation and take risks, otherwise it will only bring Taiwan into a serious disaster.”
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