China begins military exercises around Taiwan

China has criticized Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te’s recent visit to the United States.

After the visit of the Vice President of Taiwan to the US, China intensifies military maneuvers near Taiwan.

Response to Lai Ching-te’s Visit

China has criticized Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te’s recent visit to the United States. The military maneuvers the People’s Liberation Army carried out are a clear response to that visit.

Lai’s trip included stops in New York and San Francisco and participation in the inauguration of the President of Paraguay. During his stay in the US, Lai kept a low profile, limiting himself to brief speeches.

Chinese authorities accused Lai of “blatantly using the US to pursue independence” and criticized him for meeting with various international leaders, including Home Secretary Deb Haaland.

Previous Tensions between China and Taiwan

The United States has historically allowed Taiwanese officials to make stops in the country. The nature and duration of these visits have varied depending on the state of bilateral relations and the existing tensions.

In the past, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has been given generous treatment by the US, including the ability to deliver public speeches in the country and meetings with top US officials.

China, which sees Taiwan as part of its territory, has rejected Lai, who is leading the polls for the upcoming elections. Chinese military responses to previous visits have been forceful, such as the response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Expectations of the Chinese Response

Although a reaction from China was expected , the nature of the recent moves has surprised many. On previous occasions, military reprisals have been more extensive.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry identified multiple Chinese ships and aircraft in nearby areas. These maneuvers include air and sea combat preparations, among other military exercises.

Some observers believe that this response could be more subdued than previous ones, although the nature and duration of the maneuvers are still unclear.

Condemnation of Taiwan and Criticism of China

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry condemned the Chinese military maneuvers, noting that these actions put regional security at risk. They stated that the military response does not contribute to peace in the Taiwan Strait.

The Taiwanese authorities consider that China’s behavior reflects its militaristic mentality and accuse the country of having an expansionist attitude in the region.