China conducts unprecedented live-fire military exercises that “blockade” Taiwan

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  • The island denounces that the live-fire maneuvers close the territory's “maritime and air” space

  • The Government of Japan has also reported the fall of five ballistic missiles fired by China in waters belonging to its special economic zone (EEZ) and has moved a protest to Beijing

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China conducts unprecedented live-fire military exercises that

China has undertaken the largest military exercises in history in an area where they abound. The Strait of Formosa, a sea thread of barely 130 kilometers that separates China and Taiwan, counted three great crises, before Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi kicked the Asian hornet's nest with her visit to Taipei. Eleven Chinese missiles fell in Taiwanese waters the day after he left, a first in almost 20 years. It is also not often that Chinese ships and planes cross the middle line of the strait, an unofficial border that Beijing does not recognize but usually respects.

The military exercises seek a de facto blockade of the island.They will take place until Sunday in six areas that surround its perimeter and that in some points of the coast are only twenty kilometers from the coast. This is the case of the southern Kaohsiung, Taiwan's third largest city, which has been left without access to the sea. The maneuvers hamper maritime traffic and have forced several airlines to cancel flights and look for alternative routes . The Government of Japan has also reported the fall of five ballistic missiles fired by China in waters belonging to its special economic zone (EEZ) and has moved a protest to Beijing.

Military maneuvers are a lesser evil. China had promised “forceful” military responses that he did not reveal. when rumors about Pelosi's visit intensified. The harassing of fighters against the American plane or the forced landing on the continent, options with which analysts speculated, bordered on a declaration of war. The military maneuvers remained, the previous ones ruled out as irresponsible, and China faced another problem: how to show the world its exceptional indignation with a routine measure. The answer is the deployment, duration, and weaponry of current exercises. It is out of the question, however, that he take advantage of the situation to change the status quo.

Economic sanctions

When the noise subsides on Sunday, the economic sanctions, less media but more harmful. China has stopped the import of various food products from the island and the export of natural sand from which it obtains the silicon with which it makes its chips and semiconductors. China is Taiwan's main trading partner and an economic blockade seems more dangerous than a handful of missiles fired into the sea.

Taipei alluded to to the missiles to lament the North Korean drift of China. The wails also came from Japan, whose island of Okinawa is not listed. away from Taiwan. Tokyo assures that five Chinese missiles fell in its Economic Exclusion Zone. Maybe Because of that complaint, because of the recent winks of solidarity from Japan to Taiwan, or because of the G-7 communiqué, China canceled the decision. the meeting that his foreign minister,Wang Yi, was going to maintain with his counterpart, Yoshimasa Hayashi,on the margins of the summit of ASEAN, the organization of the countries of Southeast Asia. The G-7, of which Japan is a part, had accused Beijing hours before of taking advantage of Pelosi's visit to increase his military activity in the strait. The Chinese response was angry. alluded to tangentially to the colonialist past of its members, of which China was a prominent victim, and recalled the We are no longer in the 19th century.   the maneuvers as “reasonable and legitimate to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity” and accused the United States of creating the current crisis.

From Beijing the nonsense is insisted: Washington knew very well the relevance for China of the Taiwanese issue and, just in case, it had been insistently reminded of it in recent days and informed of the serious consequences. Pelosi continued. It went ahead with a trip that its president had considered “a bad idea” and that has been described in the main US media as provocative and reckless.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives has continued her Asian journey in South Korea, which, having passed the Taiwanese stage, slides towards irrelevance. In Seoul, she hasn't even gotten an audience with the new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, who has claimed vacation time. Experts debate whether Yoon intends to avoid Chinese wrath, show her disagreement with her visit to Taiwan, or both. Pelosi came I went to Panmunjon, the famous village on the Korean border, a day after Pyongyang defined the United States as the “mafia boss of nuclear proliferation.”

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