Daily Review: China Holds Military Drills Near Taiwan

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China launched 2 days of subject drills surrounding Taiwan earlier coming successful consequence to nan inauguration reside fixed by Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te connected Monday. The oversea and aerial exercises astir Taiwan and immoderate of its islands person truthful acold drawn adjacent to, but not entered, Taiwanese territorial airspace and waters. (New York Times)

Our Take

Lai’s reside connected Monday erstwhile again reiterated his and his party’s position of unyielding support for Taiwanese sovereignty, but it didn’t people an escalation of that position. If anything, Lai’s reside has been characterized arsenic striking a much conciliatory tone than his party, nan Democratic Progressive Party, aliases DPP, has successful nan past. He said he hoped to clasp talks pinch China, which were halted aft Lai’s predecessor—Tsai Ing-wen, besides from nan DPP—took agency successful 2016.

But if Lai was hoping to easiness tensions pinch Beijing, that did not construe crossed nan strait. As immoderate observers person noted, it astir apt didn’t matter what Lai said successful his speech. Given nan tense authorities of cross-strait relations, it is apt that Beijing was ever going to respond to nan inauguration of different DPP president pinch a show of force. Still, that successful and of itself is alarming, and not a bully motion for those hoping that Lai whitethorn beryllium capable to amended relations aft 8 years of growing tensions.

China’s usage of subject drills besides represents a continuation of nan caller cross-strait position quo. In 2022, aft then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, China ramped up its normal subject intimidation strategies to see live-fire drills and incursions into Taiwan’s aerial defense recognition zone. Some aspects of those exercises mirrored what a imaginable blockade of nan land would look like, and this week’s exercises, while not arsenic adjacent to Taiwan, look to person nan aforesaid purpose.

Still, while nan tensions that person defined cross-strait relations for nan past 8 years are successful portion a consequence to home authorities successful each country, they are besides nan consequence of increasing U.S.-China competition. Under some nan Trump and Biden administrations, Taipei and Washington person grown closer, pinch nan U.S. offering much visible defense assistance to Taiwan, a cardinal partner successful Washington’s efforts to antagonistic China successful nan region.

So while Washington’s different friends successful nan Asia-Pacific region whitethorn beryllium growing concerned astir a imaginable 2nd word for erstwhile U.S. President Donald Trump, Taiwan’s relations pinch nan U.S. are improbable to alteration sloppy of who wins nan U.S. statesmanlike predetermination travel November. For Taiwan and China, that intends cross-strait relations are only apt to get much tense.

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As Frida Ghitis wrote successful February, nan authorities of emergency raised fears that Noboa whitethorn edifice to utmost measures to ace down connected violence, putting nan country’s populist astatine risk.


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