The Chinese and Taiwanese defense ministries reported that the Chinese military began large-scale combined combat strike maneuvers on Sunday, sending warplanes and navy vessels in the direction of Taiwan.
The exercises took place at the same time as the arrival in Taiwan on Monday morning of a group of German parliamentarians.
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, head of the German Parliament’s Defense Committee, is in charge of the delegation.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, the chairman of Taiwan’s National Security Council, and the Mainland Affairs Council, which deals with matters relating to China, will meet with the German legislators.
In recent years, China has increased the pressure it exerts on Taiwan’s military by regularly sending airplanes or navy ships there.
The island, which broke away from the mainland in 1949 during a civil war, is claimed by China as its territory.
According to Taiwan’s defense ministry, Sunday’s drills have continued into Monday as it keeps an eye on Chinese jets and navy ships with its missile systems.
According to the ministry, China’s actions “have seriously damaged the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and neighboring waters.”
In 24 hours, from 6 a.m. Sunday until six in. According to a statement released by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense on Monday morning, 57 aircraft from China’s People’s Liberation Army and four ships were directed against Taiwan.
Around 11 p.m., China announced the drills. Shi Yi, a spokesman for the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command, released a statement on Sunday, stating that their “main objective was to rehearse land strikes and sea assaults.”
The most significant drill of this scale for 2022 occurred at the end of December when China dispatched 71 planes and seven ships near Taiwan.
Starting on Wednesday, Taiwan will conduct its yearly two-day military exercises.
The exercise is intended to demonstrate its military capabilities before the Lunar New Year vacation.