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Beijing steps up military pressure on Taiwan after the US and China announce talks

In a span of 24 hours, Taiwan’s defense ministry reported that China deployed over 30 warplanes along with a fleet of naval ships towards the island.

China’s Deployment of Over 30 Warplanes and Navy Ships towards Taiwan

In a recent development, the defense ministry of Taiwan revealed that China has dispatched more than 30 warplanes and a fleet of navy ships toward Taiwan. This military maneuver occurred between 6 a.m. on Friday and 6 a.m. on Saturday.

This heightened military activity coincides with the anticipation of a meeting between senior American and Chinese representatives in Bangkok, where efforts are underway to ease tensions between the two nations.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army deployed a total of 33 aircraft, including SU-30 fighters, and six navy vessels around Taiwan. Notably, 13 warplanes crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial buffer boundary between the island and the mainland. Taiwan closely monitored the situation and responded by deploying its own forces.

China maintains territorial claims over self-ruled Taiwan and has demonstrated its dissatisfaction with political developments on the island by deploying military assets. Following the election of Lai Ching-te as the new president, Taiwan reported the intrusion of six Chinese balloons into its airspace.

Against this backdrop, United States National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were present in Bangkok for talks, though specific details regarding the meeting time were unclear.

The meeting in Bangkok is part of the ongoing efforts to improve relations, following the November summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The discussions aim to maintain strategic communication and responsibly manage the relationship, according to U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson.

During the talks, Foreign Minister Wang is expected to clarify China’s position on Taiwan and discuss broader international and regional concerns. One such concern shared by both countries is the heightened tensions in the Red Sea, disrupting global trade by compelling many shippers to avoid the Suez Canal. China has stated its commitment to de-escalating the situation, which involves Iran-backed Houthi rebels firing missiles at international ships.

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