China Responds To U.S. Defense Bill

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China Responds To U.S. Defense Bill

Planes from the Chinese People's Liberation Army air force fly in formation during a massive parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 2009 in Beijing, China. The grand celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China included a military parade and mass pageant consisting of about 200,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Planes from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army air force fly in formation during a massive parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2009 in Beijing, China. The grand celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China included a military parade and mass pageant consisting of about 200,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

OAN Geraldyn Berry
UPDATED 12:29 PM PT – Monday, December 26, 2022

China has sent 71 planes and seven ships to patrol Taiwan in response to the United States’ new defense legislation.

Taiwanese officials reported the activities and claimed that this happened “within the last 24 hours.”

As Biden tries to smooth relations w/ China, and Xi claims to welcome a “recalibration” w/ the U.S., China increases military pressure on Taiwan— Rebeccah Heinrichs (@RLHeinrichs) December 26, 2022

According to a statement from the Chinese Army’s Eastern Theatre Command Senior Colonel Shi Yi, the country’s military engaged in “joint combat readiness patrols and joint firepower strike drills” around Taiwan.

Shi Yi attested that the drills were a “resolute response to the current escalation of collusion and provocation from the United States and Taiwan.”

“The theater troops will take all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Shi Yi also stated.

The #Taiwan Ministry of Defense reports that #China sent 71 aircraft and 7 ships to the outskirts of the island.

47 aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. pic.twitter.com/7T8cxxOGDt— Arthur Morgan (@ArthurM40330824) December 26, 2022

For some period of time, China has claimed Taiwan as its territory. The Taiwan Strait, the dividing line between the two Asian nations, was traversed by more than half of the Chinese aircraft.

Last week, President Joe Biden had signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. In the $858 billion defense authorization bill, Taiwan will receive $10 billion in military support until 2027, while Ukraine will receive $800 million in security assistance as part of its ongoing struggle with Russia, which is just across the border.

In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” back in September, Biden stated that American military would protect the democratically ruled island of Taiwan “if there was an unprecedented attack.”

General Chiang Kai-Shek created the Republic of China on the island in 1949 after moving his Nationalist Party, the Kuomintang (KMT), there. From then on, Taiwan has been regarded by the People’s Republic of China as its ideological rival. The self-governing island serves as an irksome reminder that not all Chinese people are committed to unification under the control of the Communist Party.

Chinese government official Liu Xiaoming made a statement through a series of tweets about China’s recent activity.

The US needs to stop seeking to use Taiwan to contain China, stop fudging, distorting and hollowing out the one-China principle, and stop moving even further down the wrong and dangerous path.— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) December 24, 2022

We urge the US to earnestly follow through on the important common understandings reached between the two presidents in Bali, abandon the Cold-War and zero-sum mentality and ideological bias, adopt an objective and rational view of China’s development and China-US relations.— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) December 24, 2022

We urge the US not to implement the negative China-related sections in the Act. China will take strong and resolute measures to firmly safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests.— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) December 24, 2022

The “One-China” policy of the United States is something that the Biden administration has long supported. The U.S. rejects any efforts to use force to alter the island’s self-government and democracy, as stated in the policy.

“Taiwan makes their own judgments about their independence, we’re not encouraging their being independent,” Biden said.

Back in August, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) visited the island, making her the first high-ranking U.S. official to visit the country in 25 years. As a result of this event, the Chinese military held live-fire drills near the island.

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