China has announced that it has conducted new military exercises around Taiwan.
The announcement follows the surprise arrival on the island yesterday of a delegation from the US Congress, less than two weeks after the visit of the speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, which provoked the harsh response from Beijing.
"On August 15, the Chinese People's Liberation Army Oriental Theater organized a joint multi-service combat readiness patrol and combat exercises in the sea and airspace around Taiwan," the Chinese military said in a statement. press release.
Beijing called the exercises a "deterrent" against Washington and Taipei in light of the US Congress delegation's visit to the island.
In a note, spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry Wu Qian reiterates that the presence of US politicians "flagrantly violates the principle of 'One China' and the three joint Sino-American communications, as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. , sending the wrong signal to the separatist forces of Taiwan's independence and exposing the very true face of the United States as a disruptor and destroyer of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. "
The island, reiterates Wu Qian, is "of China and no foreign interference is allowed".