#PLA drills could pose threat to major ports and shipping lanes in #Taiwan, forming a complete blockage. This blockage could be part of action plans for future reunification-by-force operations, Herman Shuai, a retired Taiwan lieutenant general, told GT https://t.co/gBk6ldMlvG pic.twitter.com/XRTTtSRRJe
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 3, 2022
- As Taiwan Warns Chinese “Maritime & Aerial Blockade” Ensuing, Pelosi Says Real Issue Is ‘I’m A Woman’
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Update(1545ET): During Nancy Pelosi’s brief visit to the self-ruled island of Taiwan, China’s government issued an alert telling commercial airlines to avoid airspace near Taiwan as it kicked off live military drills that essentially choked off maritime areas surrounding the island – drills coming even within 12 nautical miles of the Taiwan coast (conventionally considered “terrotorial waters”). State-run Xinhua also reported that China is conducing joint Navy, Air Force and rocket drills just off Taiwan. And more ominously Global Times said the PLA is preparing to send rockets over the island of Taiwan. As also Axios recapped:
* The alert describing six areas in the region as “danger zones” notifies airlines of flight restrictions due to the military exercises from Thursday at 12 noon until 12 noon Sunday Hong Kong time, per Bloomberg, as officials in Japan also expressed alarm at Beijing’s plans.
* China’s government also moved to block imports of citrus fruits and frozen mackerel from Taiwan in retaliation for Pelosi’s trip, AP reports.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry described the latest PLA actions as essentially a “maritime and aerial blockade.” Meanwhile, Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson observes that “48 Chinese military aircraft, mostly fighter jets, have now buzzed Taiwan over the past two days.” A little less than half of these were reported by Taiwan’s defense ministry as having crossed the “median line” – which it should be recalled Chinese state mouthpiece Global Times said has now ceased to exist.
3 US carrier groups namely the aircraft carrier group USS Ronald Reagan & the amphibious assault groups USS Tripoli & USS America are in the vicinity of #Taiwan
— Indo-Pacific News – Watching the CCP-China Threat (@IndoPac_Info) August 3, 2022