Taiwan Coast Guard says it will ‘defend the sovereignty’ of the country

Taiwan Coast Guard says it will ‘defend the sovereignty’ of the country
Taiwan Coast Guard says it will ‘defend the sovereignty’ of the country

“The Coast Guard (…) is working with the Ministry of National Defense to monitor movements in the surrounding maritime area,” the Coast Guard said in a statement, without giving a precise location. “The coast guard will firmly defend the sovereignty and security of the country,” they add.

China launched large-scale military maneuvers around Taiwan on Thursday, which it presents as “severe punishment” against the new Taiwanese president Lai Ching-te, immediately described by Taipei as “provocations and irrational actions”.

This is a “severe punishment for the separatist acts of the +Taiwan independence+ forces and a stern warning against interference and provocation by external forces,” said Li Xi, spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command. of the Chinese army.

“The exercises are taking place in the Taiwan Strait, to the north, south and east of the island of Taiwan, as well as in areas around the islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Wuqiu and Dongyin,” he said. – he underlined in a press release released by the army.

Beijing this week described the inauguration speech of new Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te as an “admission of Taiwan’s independence” and threatened him with “retaliation”.

The Taiwanese Defense Ministry on Thursday “strongly condemned” these Chinese maneuvers, which it described as “provocations and irrational actions”.

“We deployed maritime, air and land forces in response (…) to defend freedom, democracy and sovereignty” of the island, he stressed.

China considers Taiwan to be one of its provinces, which it has not yet managed to reunify with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.

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