[Epoch Times December 05, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Lin Yan comprehensive report) US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (Lloyd Austin) said on Saturday (December 4) that China’s military flight near Taiwan It looked like “rehearsals,” and he did not say whether he expected Beijing to conduct such a military mission.
In recent months, the tension between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait has been intensifying. CCP military planes have been flying around Taiwan repeatedly for more than a year. The CCP claims that Taiwan belongs to itself, but it has never governed Taiwan for a day.
“I don’t want to guess, but what is certain is… it looks a lot like an exercise,” Austin said when speaking at a conference in California.
Reuters reported that, by definition, military training flights are exercises for potential operations.
Mainland China does not rule out the use of force against Taiwan, but Taiwan claims that it is an independent country and will defend freedom and democracy.
According to the report on the joint aircraft intrusion into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) released by the Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan, since 2021, there have been more than 880 joint-aircraft disturbances, which is twice the combined number in 2019 and 2020.
In addition, a large nuclear submarine of the Chinese Communist Navy surfaced earlier this week and crossed the Taiwan Strait facing north, triggering outside concerns about the risk of accidental military conflicts in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese Communist Party’s official media claimed that it was because the Taiwan Strait was too shallow and had to float up.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended the “NEXT Virtual Global Conference” organized by Reuters on Friday (3rd). When discussing the situation in the Taiwan Strait, he said that China has increased its pressure on Taiwan in recent years in an attempt to change the status quo, including through military provocations. As.
Brinken said that if Beijing violates Taiwan, it may be a “disastrous decision.” The United States will be firmly committed to ensuring that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself. He advised the leaders of the Communist Party of China to think about this issue very carefully and not to create a crisis that would bring terrible consequences for many people and be detrimental to anyone, including China itself.
As for whether the United States will send troops if China (the CCP) violates Taiwan. Blinken said that the United States has made it clear for many years that it will work hard to ensure that Taiwan is capable of self-defense. Whether it is to provide defense weapons or services, the United States will continue to fulfill this commitment.
Brinken praised Taiwan as a democratic government and economy, as well as innovative and capable of making many contributions to the world. He pointed out that the US practice is based on its own “One-China Policy,” the “Taiwan Relations Act,” the US-China Three Communiqués, and the six guarantees, and it continues to follow these principles.
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