China has started a three-day military drill near Taiwan with the goal of arranging a mission to encircle the territory, Reuters reports.
The drill will go through April 10th. The Chinese military forces staged an invasion of Taiwan on Sunday, April 9th. The exercises, according to China, are a "stern warning" to Taiwan and "foreign powers."
An aircraft carrier, battleships, aviation, missile systems, electronic warfare aircraft, bomber aircraft, and other types of weaponry and gear are all part of the operation.
China's military drills might be a reaction to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's last trip to the United States on April 6th for a conversation with US Senate Speaker Kevin McCarthy, BBC reports.
Taiwan's army reported 70 Chinese People's Liberation Army aircraft and 11 naval vessels near the territory amid drills on April 9th. Around 20 vessels, ten from the Chinese navy and ten from Taiwan, are stationed near the Taiwan Strait's middle line. Neither side is engaging in provocative behavior.
Taiwan's Defense Ministry has indicated that its armed forces would not escalate the war and will respond to China's military drills responsibly. China's aircraft carrier Shandong is taking part in the drills and is currently more than 400 nautical miles off Taiwan's southeast coast.
According to Zhao Xiaozhuo, deputy director, of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, this is the first time China has publicly discussed drills to hit major targets in Taiwan. He went on to say that these targets include infrastructural assets like airstrips and military logistical installations, which may be destroyed all at once if necessary.
Meanwhile, the US embassy on the island has claimed that the US has all of the tools necessary to ensure regional peace and stability.