20 Chinese Warships Reconnaissance of the Taiwan Navy in the Midline Strait

20 Chinese Warships Reconnaissance of the Taiwanese Navy in the Midline Strait
Chinese Warships Reconnaissance of the Taiwan Navy in the Midline Strait (pict of illustration)

Taipei - Tensions are still visible in the territorial waters between China and Taiwan. About 20 Chinese Navy ships and Taiwanese warships continued to be near the center line of the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday morning (10/8/2022).

The development was disclosed by a source briefed on the matter to Reuters. "Several Chinese naval vessels continued to carry out missions off the east coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning," the source said. Meanwhile, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she did not regret her recent controversial trip to Taiwan.

Read also: German media reveal Zelensky's secret deals He described them as "very valuable" in an interview with Today's show on Tuesday. The 82-year-old politician insisted she had "tremendous bipartisan support" for the visit.

Not only that, he and his delegation were very well received by the Taiwanese government and its people. However, he said China's position on its journey was irrelevant. He insisted China "will not be allowed to isolate Taiwan" or dictate who can and cannot visit the island.

China launched "unprecedented" military drills and gun-to-fire drills in six maritime areas around Taiwan. Beijing has also sanctioned Pelosi and her family, introduced trade restrictions in Taipei and cut off diplomatic interactions with the US on a number of military and civil matters.

China regards Taiwan as an inalienable part of its territory and views visits like Pelosi's as an attack on its sovereignty and a violation of the "One China" principle, which most countries refrain from diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.

Despite officially recognizing Beijing as China's sole legitimate authority since 1979, the US maintains strong unofficial ties to the island of 23.5 million people. The US frequently sells arms to Taipei and is accused of supporting its push for sovereignty.

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