Updated 3:40 PM PT – Monday, August 15, 2022
China launched more military drills near the Taiwan Strait in response to a delegation of U.S. lawmakers visiting Taiwan.
On Monday, the Chinese military confirmed that they had coordinated multi-service joint combat readiness exercises and other combat drills. The exercises involved the Chinese Navy and Air Force.
Top officials in the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) claimed the U.S. delegation, led by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), came to the island nation sneakily and in violation of China’s territorial integrity. Wang Webin, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China, spoke on the topic.
“China will take resolute and effective measures to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. A few U.S. politicians connive with the separatist forces of Taiwan independence and attempt to challenge the one-China principle,” Webin stated. “This goes beyond their own abilities and is doomed to failure.”
In the meantime, Sen. Markey stressed that the goal of his trip was to promote peace across the Taiwan Strait with America’s allies.
I’m traveling to Taiwan with a bipartisan congressional delegation to reaffirm US support for Taiwan and encourage stability and peace across the Taiwan Strait. https://t.co/SAnXwuHKe2
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) August 14, 2022
Additionally, the Biden administration has maintained its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act, which treats Taiwan as a territory of China. The Act allows for separate diplomatic and military partnerships.