China Says it Carried Out Beach Landing Drills in Province Opposite Taiwan CNS Soufan center 12.10.2021
China’s military said on Monday it had carried out beach landing and assault drills in the province directly across the sea from Taiwan.
The official People’s Liberation Army Daily newspaper said the drills had been carried out “in recent days” in the southern part of Fujian province. The action reportedly involved “shock” troops, combat engineers, and boat specialists. The troops were “divided into multiple waves to grab the beach and perform combat tasks at different stages,” it added, without providing further details. It showed a video of soldiers in small boats storming a beach, throwing smoke grenades, breaking through barbed wire defences and digging trenches in the sand.
Meanwhile, during a ceremony in Beijing on Saturday, honoring the 110th anniversary of the Chinese revolution, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated a vow to “reunify” Taiwan. “Reunification of the nation must be realized, and will definitely be realized,” Xi said before an audience of politicians, military personnel and others. Xi added that “Those who forget their heritage, betray their motherland and seek to split the country will come to no good.” He also said that “the Taiwan question is purely China’s internal affair, which tolerates no external interference….No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s strong determination, will and capability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
In response to Xi’s statements Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that Taiwan will not be forced to bow to China. In her speech at the National Day Celebrations, Tsai said Taiwan hopes for “an easing of cross-strait relations” but stressed “there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure.” Tsai added that “We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us….This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.” Reuters, Associated Press, NBC News, The Hill
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