Taiwan denounced today that Chinese military ships and planes crossed the middle line of the Strait of Formosa again in a “possible simulated attack” within the military maneuvers announced after the visit to the island of the president of the US Legislature, Nancy Pelosi.
In a message published on its official Twitter account, the island’s Ministry of National Defense assures that the target of that simulated attack would be a “high-value asset”without specifying more details about it.
LOOK: What is China looking for with its military threat to Taiwan? (And who would win if the US enters a dispute)
In response, Taipei issued alerts and deployed air and naval patrols, also activating its land-based missile systemsas it did during the day yesterday in the face of the “strong provocation” of the crossing of the middle line of the Strait by “several” Chinese ships and planes.
This imaginary line in the strait functions as an unofficial but tacitly respected border for China and Taiwan during the last decades.
LOOK: Taiwan denounces that more than 60 planes and 13 Chinese military ships crossed the dividing line of the strait
The movements of People’s Liberation Army (PLA, the Chinese Army) They are part of the military maneuvers that it has been carrying out since Thursday and that will last until Sunday in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit, and which have so far included live fire and the launch of long-range missiles.
These exercises take place in six zones around the island, one of them about 20 kilometers from the coast of Kaohsiung, the main city in southern Taiwan.
LOOK: USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier keeps watch near Taiwan amid tension with China
Although in recent years China has carried out other drills in the Taiwan StraitThis week’s ones are different because “they cover a larger area, involve more military elements and are expected to be highly effective,” Chinese defense experts quoted by local media reported.
Taiwan has described China’s military presence in the aforementioned areas as a “blockade,” and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called China’s “deliberately heightened military threat” “irresponsible.”
Chinawho described Pelosi’s visit as a “farce” and “deplorable betrayal”, claims the sovereignty of the island and considers Taiwan a rebellious province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949, after losing the civil war against the communists.