In the wake of recent tensions with Taiwan, China has conducted military exercises in Fujian province, which is located near the island.
China has been conducting landing and war games in the sea off the coast of Taiwan in the southern part of Fujian province. China, however, says the exercise has nothing to do with tensions with Taiwan.
Although Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, China sees the island as its own ‘isolated province’. Beijing has not ruled out the possibility of using force if necessary in the case of reunification.
Taiwan has recently accused Beijing of increasing military and political pressure to accept Chinese rule.
Tensions have risen on both sides since Chinese warplanes recently entered Taiwan’s air defense zone (AIDZ). For the fourth day in a row since last Friday, a record number of Chinese Air Force warplanes have entered Taiwan’s air defense zone.
In the face of this intrusion, Taiwan has sought support from other democracies around the world, especially the United States and its allies.
In the midst of this situation, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s daily newspaper reported on Monday in a brief report on their Weibo microblogging site that the exercise had been conducted in the southern part of Fujian province in recent days. Some troops and boats took part in it.
The exercise was carried out by dividing the troops into several groups to attack the beach. The Chinese military did not provide further details on the exercise.
However, in a video of the exercise given by the newspaper, it was seen that the soldiers were attacking the beach in small boats. They are throwing smoke grenades, crossing barbed wire fences and digging trenches in the sand.
Due to its proximity to Taiwan, the Chinese province of Fujian will be the main center of attack for any Chinese aggression on the island.
China regularly conducts military exercises on various coasts and even in the disputed South China Sea. Taiwan has denounced China’s exercises as a strategy to establish control by force.
Earlier in the day, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech that reunification with Taiwan was necessary. Xi said he wants Taiwan to agree to peaceful reunification with China under the “one country, two systems” policy like Hong Kong.
But the Taiwanese president’s office says the Taiwanese people have a clear idea that they have rejected “one country, two systems.” They also called on Beijing to abandon “provocative measures of infiltration, harassment and destruction.” The president of the autonomous island, Tsai Ying-wen, said they would not bow to pressure from Beijing.