During the commemoration of National Taiwan Day, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) carried out a large-scale military invasion exercise on the island it sees as part of its territory and hopes to one day reunite, even if by force.
The invasion exercises on the island country took place on the same day that President Tsai Ing-wen called for a “meaningful dialogue” with the CCP further describing the situation in the Taiwan Strait as “quite tense.”
According to a report on the state-run CCTV station, the military deployment that took place during the night of Saturday, Oct. 10, involved drones, special forces, and airborne troops moving from different locations.
“The exercise, with the effective integration of multiple new combat forces, increased the actual combat capability of the troops in joint landing and three-dimensional assault,” the report stated.
Frictions between Taiwan and the CCP continued to escalate and in recent weeks whenChinese fighter jets crossed the so-called Taiwan Strait “halfway line” virtually daily, which serves as an unofficial buffer zone, according to VOA.
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense reported that a Chinese military plane entered the island’s air defense identification zone again on Sunday, marking the 17th incursion since Sept. 16.
Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council of Taiwan (MAC) recently called on China’s state-run media to exercise restraint after Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a media outlet funded by the Chinese Communist Party, referred ironically to Tsai’s remarks on National Taiwan Day.
“The change of tone indicated the Tsai administration understands a possible military conflict with the CCP over its provocations, regarding the “meaningful dialogue” Tsai called for with the CCP amid the tensions, Hu said the CCP could not “be fooled.”
“The continued military muscle-flexing is the only answer to cross-strait stability” the editor-in-chief of the Global Times said, according to Taiwan News.
During her speech on Taiwan’s Memorial Day, Tsai said, “If Beijing can hear Taiwan’s voice, it will change the way it handles cross-strait relations and jointly facilitate reconciliation and peace dialogue.”
The MAC highlighted Tsai’s responsibility for peace in the region, while calling Hu’s comments through the Chinese social network Weibo malicious and “aimed at provoking conflict.