Taiwan warns of China military’s ‘sudden entry’ close to island

Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng warned on Monday that the island should be on high alert this year for “sudden incursions” of Chinese troops into areas close to its territory. despite the rising military conflict in the Taiwan region.

China has stepped up military operations around Taiwan in recent years, including almost daily air strikes on the island’s air defense identification zone. littoral. Responding to a question from a member of parliament, Chiu said that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may find an excuse to enter the area near the airspace and sea of ​​Taiwan as the island is promote its military exchange with the United States, angering Beijing. .

He said the PLA could suddenly enter Taiwan’s advanced territory and approach its territorial waters, which the island defined as 22.2 kilometers from its shores. “(I) am saying exactly those words this year, which means that they are making such preparations,” he said. “Looking forward, they’re going to use force if they’re going to do it.”

Taiwan has vowed to use its sovereignty to defend itself and to attack if Chinese troops enter its territory. China claims Taiwan as its own and has not refrained from using force to bring the island under Chinese control, if necessary. Taiwan strongly believes in China’s sovereignty claims and says that only its people can decide its future.

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