China has conducted military exercises for the second day in a row, involving simulated precision strikes against key targets in Taiwan and the surrounding waters. These drills have caused concerns about the possibility of a military conflict between China and Taiwan.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) carried out the exercises using a range of weapons systems including missiles, fighter jets, and electronic warfare equipment. Taiwan and its allies have condemned these actions, with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen calling them a "brazen threat of force" and stating that Taiwan would not yield to coercion.
The United States, which has the commitment to defend Taiwan, has also expressed concerns about the drills. China has long considered Taiwan a renegade province and has not ruled out the use of force to bring it under its control. The Chinese government has warned that it will use military force if Taiwan declares independence or if it becomes clear that it has no intention of reunifying with China.
The military drills have taken place against a backdrop of heightened tensions between China and Taiwan. Taiwan has become increasingly assertive in its foreign policy, seeking to strengthen ties with the United States and other countries, and has criticized China's actions in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
The United States has also increased its support for Taiwan, including by selling advanced weapons systems to the island nation. This has further angered China, which views Taiwan as a core national interest.
A potential military conflict between China and Taiwan is a concern for the region and the world. It could result in significant loss of life and economic disruption, as well as potentially involving other countries in a wider regional conflict.