Sinologist Voloshina: the military activity of the PRC near Taiwan is a response to the actions of the United States, the military activity of the People’s Republic of China in the identification zone of Taiwan is already in the order of things.
However, this is a response to the actions of the Taiwanese or American authorities. So in conversation with “Tape.ru” explained the military activity of the PRC by Anna Voloshina, a junior researcher at the Center for the Modern History of China and its Relations with Russia of the ICSA RAS.
On August 26, the Taiwanese military recorded the approach of 35 aircraft and eight warships of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) to the island.
Of the 35 aircraft, 18 crossed the conditional “middle” line of the Taiwan Strait. Among them were eight Su-30 fighters, three J-11s, four J-16s and three J-10s. To monitor the situation, Taiwan sent an air patrol to the place of activity of the Chinese military.
The activity of the PRC’s air and naval vessels and the dispatch of PLA aircraft to the Taiwan identification zone have become a new normality. Voloshinakitaist”Most of these power demonstrations are a response of the PRC to the actions of the Taiwanese or American authorities, violating, in the opinion of the Chinese side, the status quo in the Taiwan Strait,” Voloshina believes.
The US ambassador recalled that on August 25, a delegation of American congressmen, headed by Senator Marsha Blackburn, arrived in Taiwan.
“I note that this is the fourth delegation of the US Congress in the last month. Accordingly, Beijing’s military activity signals that such US steps violate Chinese interests on the Taiwan issue,” she is convinced.
Inter-coastal relations between China and Taiwan are going through difficult times and were further aggravated by the recent visit to the island of a third person in the US political hierarchy, Nancy Pelosi, the expert noted.
It seems that the peak of the August aggravation provoked by Nancy Pelosi’s visit has passed. Neither the mainland nor Taiwan is interested in unleashing real hostilities today, Voloshinakitaist, “However, the danger is that against the background of constant tension, the current impasse in inter—bank relations and Washington’s frequent actions provoking Beijing, a new escalation may break out with an unpredictable ending for all parties to the conflict,” Voloshina concluded.
On August 25, it became known that the fourth US delegation in a month was arriving in Taiwan. The ambassadors landed at Taipei Songshan Airport on a military plane, where they met with the head of the administration of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan did not specify who was part of the delegation.