Taiwan vows counter-attack if China’s forces enter its territory

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A Navy Force helicopter under the Eastern Theater Command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) participates in military exercises in the waters around Taiwan, at an undisclosed location on August 8, 2022 in this handout photo taken on August 9, 2022 has been released. Eastern Theater Command /Handout via REUTERS

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TAIPEI, Aug. 31 (Reuters) – Taiwan said Wednesday it would exercise its right to self-defense and counter-attack if Chinese forces entered its territory, as Beijing ramped up military activities near the democratic island.

Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own country to strong objections from the Taipei government, held military exercises around the island this month in response to a visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. read more

Taiwanese defense officials said China’s “high-intensity” military patrols near Taiwan continued and Beijing’s intention to turn the Taiwan Strait separating the two sides into its “inland sea” would become the main source of instability in the region. .

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“For aircraft and ships that have entered our 12 nautical mile sea and air area, the national army will exercise the right of self-defense and counter-attack without exception,” said Lin Wen-Huang, deputy chief of general staff for operations and planning. , reporters told a news conference.

Taiwan has complained about Chinese drones repeatedly flying close to its small archipelagos off the Chinese coast.

The military will exercise the same right to attack Chinese drones that have not heeded warnings to leave their territory after making threats, Lin added.

Taiwan fired warning shots at a Chinese drone for the first time on Tuesday, shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen ordered the Taiwan military to take “strong countermeasures” against what she called Chinese provocations.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reiterated China’s position that Taiwan belonged in a regular press conference.

“First of all, I have to tell you that Taiwan is a province of China, it has no so-called defense ministry. The Taiwanese authorities are playing up their nervousness, this is pointless,” he said.

Earlier this week, the ministry dismissed complaints from Taiwan about drone harassment as “not worth worrying about”. read more

In the same briefing, Ma Cheng-Kun, a director of the National Defense University military academy, said China might go further to deny passage of foreign naval vessels through the strait without its consent.

“After the new military normal status is consolidated, the risk of collision will increase as foreign naval vessels insist on the right to navigation and freedom,” he said.

US warships and those from allied countries such as Britain and Canada have routinely sailed through the strait in recent years, including two US Navy warships last week. read more

Taiwan’s armed forces are well equipped, but dwarfed by China’s. Tsai oversees a modernization program and has prioritized increasing defense spending.

China does not rule out using force to bring the island under its control. Taipei rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims, saying the People’s Republic of China has never ruled the island and that only the Taiwanese people can decide their future.

(This story has been re-archived to correct the punctuation in “China’s”, Section 8).

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Reporting by Yimou Lee; Additional reporting by Eduardo Baptista; Editing by Stephen Coates

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