The Chinese communist regime sent a combat readiness patrol into the Taiwan Strait during a surprise visit to the island by a delegation of four U.S. senators and two U.S. representatives.
In the midst of growing tensions generated by the maneuvers that foresee the invasion of Taiwan by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the regime’s Defense Ministry condemned the legislators’ visit, according to Swissinfo.ch of Nov. 9.
In this regard, the Defense Ministry expressed its rejection of the visit, saying, “We firmly oppose and strongly condemn this,” while an army spokesman mentioned the executed patrol in a report.
According to the statement, the patrol was motivated by the “gravely wrong” words and actions of “relevant countries” on the Taiwan issue and by the activities of pro-independence forces in Taiwan.
He added: “We hereby warn the U.S. side to immediately stop its provocative actions, immediately cease all destructive actions that lead to the escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait, and stop sending wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces.”
Among the visitors were Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Mike Crapo of Idaho, who pushed the “Taiwan Deterrence Act” with other lawmakers last week.
This bill would allow conditional funding of $2 billion a year for the foreign military activity for Taiwan.
This year, two other groups of U.S. lawmakers and senior officials visited Taiwan, challenging the CCP’s isolationist claims for the island, which it claims to belong to the mainland.
Beijing has repeatedly warned Washington not to send officials or maintain formal contacts with Taiwan.
The CCP’s aggression against Taiwan has increased significantly. A Nov. 9 Taiwan military report noted that warplanes from the mainland conducted 554 “intrusions” into the island’s southwestern air defense identification zone over the past year.
Relations between the two territories have deteriorated since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, was elected president in 2016 and refused to accept the one-China principle sought by the CCP.
Tsai vowed not to give in to China’s growing military threats, saying, “We … will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure, during her Oct. 9 speech outside the presidential office in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.
“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,” RFI reported.
On Taiwan’s National Day, his remarks came after Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping urged “unification” of the democratic island with China once again.