Beijing flies its drones, Taipei criticizes the region’s “troublemaker”

Beijing flies its drones, Taipei criticizes the region's "troublemaker"

You missed the latest developments regarding the renewed tension around Taiwan ? Do not panic, 20 minutes takes stock every day, since Nancy Pelosi’s visit, number three American and president of the House of Representatives, who has largely cooled relations between China and the United States. Who did what ? Who said what? Where are we ? The answer below:

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Taipei and Beijing have had heated exchanges over a recent series of Chinese drone incursions over Taiwan’s Kinmen Islands. Photos and videos taken by these drones of this archipelago have circulated on Chinese and Taiwanese social networks. One of the videos shows Taiwanese soldiers throwing stones at one of them in an attempt to scare him away.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen claimed that China had used “grey area” tactics to continue its “military intimidation” of Taiwan: “I want to say to everyone that the more the enemy provokes, the more we must be calm (…). We are not going to provoke a war and we are observing restraint but that does not mean that we will not take countermeasures. »

Asked about these videos taken by the drones, the spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, estimated Monday that it is not a question of a “case which deserves to be made a pin” because the drones “fly around Chinese territory”. This response sparked the ire of Taipei, which compared this harassment of drones to the behavior of a “thief”.

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The Chinese Communist Party’s authoritarian expansionist government has always made harassing other countries a daily routine, and its title of “regional troublemaker” is therefore well-deserved. »

These are the words of the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which in a press release published Monday evening also returned to the drone affair.

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2. This is the number of American warships that entered the Taiwan Strait in transit. In a statement, the US Navy said the passage “demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region”. For its part, the American Seventh Fleet specified that the two Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers – theUSS Antietam and theUSS Chancellorsville – had made a “routine” transit “in waters where freedom of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international standards”.

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Farmers are paying a heavy price for the latest economic sanctions imposed by China on Taiwan. Import bans that Beijing most often justifies by citing sudden irregularities rather than a direct link to politics. However, the link is instructive. After Nancy Pelosi’s visit, China immediately banned citrus fruits and several fish from Taiwan, while suspending its own exports to the island of sand used in construction. The month before the visit of the American number three, Beijing had already banned grouper imports, saying it had discovered that some fish were contaminated with banned chemicals.

In 2021, pineapple imports were suspended. The Chinese authorities had explained that they had found parasites in the shipments. But that was reckoning without the renewed sympathy Taiwan enjoys from the region’s democracies. So much of the pineapple crop was saved when Japanese consumers rushed to buy “freedom pineapples” as a sign of solidarity.

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