Taiwan President: Drills Show China Is Threat to Region

TAIPEI—Two days of Chinese military aircraft approaching Taiwan demonstrate that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and have shown Taiwanese even more clearly the true nature of the Chinese communist regime, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday.

Multiple Chinese aircraft flew across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait and into Taiwans air defense identification zone on Friday and Saturday, causing Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept. China claims Taiwan as its own territory.

At a news conference in Beijing on Friday about Chinas U.N. peacekeeping efforts, China announced combat drills near the Taiwan Strait and denounced what it called collusion between the island and the United States.

The exercises took place as U.S. Undersecretary for Economic Affairs Keith Krach was in Taipei, the most senior State Department office to come in four decades.

Speaking to reporters, Tsai denounced Chinas drills.

“I believe these activities are no help to Chinas international image, and whats more have put Taiwans people even more on their guard, understanding even better the true nature of the Chinese communist regime,” she said.

“Additionally, other countries in the region also have a better understanding of the threat posed by China,” Tsai added. “The Chinese communists must restrain themselves, and not provoke.”

Chinas air force on Saturday put out a video showing exercises by its nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, which have been involved in many Chinese fly-bys of Taiwan.

One montage shows a simulation of an H-6 attack against an airbase that appears by its runway layout to be the main U.S. air force base on Guam.

Asked about that footage and Chinas decision to release it while Krach was in Taiwan, Tsai said Chinas recent activities were a threat broader than just to Taiwan.

“Chinas existence is indeed aggressive and will bring a definite threat.”

In comments carried by Chinese state media from a forum on relations with Taiwan in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, the number-four leader of the ruling Communist Party on Sunday did not directly mention the recent drills.

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