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CHINA justified its recent military drills near Taiwan yesterday as necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and integrity against Taipei’s “collusion” with foreign forces.
The People’s Liberation Army carried out exercises on beaches in the southern part of Fujian province, ending on Monday.
They took place a week after former Australian prime minister Tony Abbot became the latest high-profile politician to visit the island, a move seen as a provocation by Beijing.
It has accused Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party of “hyping of the so-called military threat” from China and pushing the island into “a more dangerous situation.”
China’s Taiwan Affairs spokesman Ma Xiaoguang called for an end to the “bogus allegations.”
Western powers have increased hostile actions towards China as part of a new cold-war strategy, mobilising warships to the region and making provocative deployments in contested waters.
Taiwan appears to be the latest focus of their propaganda war, following the West’s failure to convince the international community that China is carrying out a genocide of Uighur Muslims.
Regime-change efforts in Hong Kong also appear to have drawn a blank, despite the US National Endowment for Democracy bankrolling anti-Beijing groups that stirred up violent protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against “independence separatism,” insisiting that Taiwan is an integral part of China and vowing to seek peaceful reunification.
The US was asked to end its military presence in Taiwan last week after it was revealed that special operations forces and marines had been secretly training soldiers there since 2020.
Last year, Washington approved arms sales to Taipei worth $1.8 billion (£1.3bn), including mobile rocket launchers and 135 precision-guided cruise missiles.
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