Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Taiwan's defence ministry reports no indications of significant Chinese military involvement prior to the election

 TAIPEI: According to a statement released on Tuesday by the island's defense ministry, Taiwan is keeping a close eye on China despite not detecting any large-scale Chinese military activity prior to the elections scheduled for the following month.

Taiwan's relations with Beijing, which has increased military pressure to assert its sovereignty claims over the past four years, will be shaped by the presidential and parliamentary elections on January 13.

Even though the military claims that the balloons are most likely used for weather monitoring, Taiwan has been receiving reports of Chinese warships and fighter jets circling the island ahead of the election.

"Up to this point we haven't seen signs they're taking enormous actions, yet nothing today doesn't mean there will not be something tomorrow or the day after tomorrow," Taiwan guard service representative Sun Li-tooth told columnists in Taipei.

He added, "We are watching all the time."

China has consistently denigrated Lai Ching-te, the Democratic Progressive Party's presidential front-runner, as a separatist and warned that any moves toward Taiwan's formal independence would result in war. This is not a cover for China's dislike of Lai.

Lai has more than once offered chats with China that have been repelled. He says Taiwan is as of now a free nation called the Republic of China, its conventional name.

In 1949, after losing a civil war to Mao Zedong's communists, who established the People's Republic of China, the defeated republican government fled to Taiwan.

Taiwan's protection service gives an everyday update on Chinese military exercises close to the island, including the number of airplane it has identified.

China has held two major rounds of war games close to Taiwan over the past year and a half.

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