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Military exercises inspire China's relentless message in the Taiwan Strait

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)China'smilitary exercises around Taiwan this week Aiming to send a pointed message According to analysts, only Beijing is calling for attacks in the Taiwan Strait against the governments of Taipei, Tokyo andWashington.

Experts also said that the announcement of training shortly afterUS House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei on Tuesday was a quick reaction to her controversial visit. It suggests that it was not. Part of a relentless, long-standing plan to bring Taiwan under Beijing control.

A trip to the island of Pelosi-24 million democracy, which the Chinese Communist Party considers to be its territory even though it has never ruled it-simply pushed Taiwan's problems into the news headlines, Said the analyst.

"That's what Nancy Pelosi actually achieved, raising global awareness of China's sustained military coercion campaign against Taiwan, which has been going on for more than a decade," Lee Kuan Yew said. Drew Thompson, who visited a senior researcher at Kuan Yew School, said. Faculty of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

"They do this every year," Thompson said of a Chinese exercise. "The difference this year is that we are paying attention."

Reactions in Taipei, Tokyo and Washington

In Taipei The government is certainly vigilant and announced on Friday thatmultiple Chinese warships and jets have crossed the Chuo Line-Beijing is not aware but usually respects The midpoint between the mainland and Taiwan.

After China sent ballistic missiles to the island on Thursday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen "strengthens our sovereignty and national security and sticks to the lines of defense of democracy and freedom." I swore.

Thesemissiles also attracted the attention of Japan. Five of them landed in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone, a sea area where the country enjoys special rights to resources such as undersea fishing and mining.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said China's training is "a serious problem for the security of our country and its people." He called for their immediate suspension, saying Japan would work with its closest ally, the United States, "to maintain the stability of the Taiwan Strait."

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the ASEAN-US Ministerial Conference in Cambodia, "I strongly hope that Beijing will not cause a crisis or pretend to intensify aggressive military action. .. "

But in Washington, the official view was that Beijing's actions were taken for granted.

"I expected China to take such steps. In fact, I explained it in great detail the other day," said John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council. Told to. At the White House on Thursday. "We also hope that these actions will continue and that the Chinese will continue to react in the next few days."

Taiwan's isolation

Friday Pelosi, who visited Kishida in Japan, said Beijing was trying to "isolate" Taiwan.

China's exercises were designed to do just that, said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the United States Indo-Pacific Joint Information Center in Hawaii.

"China could bombard Taiwan with (shown) missiles, isolate it from outside support, and affect air and maritime trade in and around the Taiwan Strait." Said Mr. Schuster.

It has long been a plan for Beijing, and experts said this week's exercise was only a manifestation of at least months of planning and years of policy.

"I can't plan an exercise of this size, range, or complexity, and the army will be ready in two weeks," Schuster said, referring to the period following rumors of a trip to the island of Pelosi. rice field.

He said the outline of China's military exercises was probably decided a year ago and most actions were set by April.

Some training, such as multiple ballistic missile launches, may have been added in the last few weeks as they set up a naval blockade, not as complicated as those logistics say. Of that practice point for the exercise.

Training to intimidate the United States and Japan'

Schuster also said the exercises were larger than those China had organized in the last few years. ..

"This expanded movement has a third purpose of intimidating the United States and Japan, both of which show support for Taiwan," Schuster said.

"Looking at the January-April rhetoric, (Chinese President Xi Jinping) and businesses have increased criticism of the United States and Japan. The latter is a recent statement of support for Taiwan and its defense. Over rising costs. "

" China continues to unilaterally change or try to change the status quo by coercion in the East and South China Seas. " "Furthermore, China has revealed that it will not hesitate to unify Taiwan by force, further increasing tensions in the region."

In a virtual speech to a Taiwanese think tank last December, the late Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said an armed invasion of Taiwan is a serious danger to Japan.

"Beijing people, especially President Xi Jinping, should not misunderstand this recognition," Abe said.

Perhaps Beijing didn't hear or just didn't care. According to experts, exercises, especially the launch of missiles landing on the Japanese EEZ, show this.

"They examined Shinzo Abe's concern that the emergency in Taiwan was an emergency in Japan and an emergency in the Japan-US alliance," said Thompson of the National University of Singapore.

And the emergency is expected to continue. Putting Taiwan under Beijing's control is the cornerstone of China's policy.

On Friday, China continued its exercises and military intimidation unabated.

Taiwan's Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang acknowledged that the exercise had the desired effect in Beijing and showed how the Taiwan Strait could be controlled.

"The evil neighbor next door bent their muscles at our doorstep and arbitrarily blocked (one of) the world's busiest waterways in military exercises," he said.