Taipei on Saturday accused the Chinese army of simulating an attack on the island as Beijing began its largest ever military exercises around the territory claimed by China, despite protests from the international community. Taiwan on Saturday (August 5th) accused the Chinese military of faking an attack on the island, with China stepping up its retaliation after US number three Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei suspended the Beijing-Washington climate dialogue. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, is experienced as a “provocation” by Beijing, because Washington had pledged not to have official relations with the island territory claimed by China. In response, Chinese diplomacy announced Friday evening the “suspension” of several cooperation with the United States, in particular in terms of justice, the fight against drugs, but also on climate change. The two countries, the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in absolute value , had yet forged a surprise climate agreement at the COP26 summit in Glasgow last year. On the military front, China is continuing its largest exercises ever organized around Taiwan on Saturday. They are to last until Sunday noon (0400 GMT) and are presented as training for a “blockade” of the island. Taiwanese authorities announced on Saturday that they had detected “multiple” Chinese planes and ships in the Taiwan Strait between the island and mainland China. “Some of them crossed the median line” which bisects the strait and “is considered to be carrying out a mock attack against the main island of Taiwan”, said the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense. The Chinese army announced that it had deployed fighters, bombers and numerous destroyers and escort boats the day before to participate in these maneuvers carried out “day and night”, she said. Chinese ambassador summoned to Washington A warning sent to the Taiwanese president, from an independence party, and to the United States, accused by Beijing of having “betrayed” their word by strengthening their relations with the Taiwanese authorities in recent years .The Chinese army was able released overnight from Friday to Saturday the video of an air force pilot filming, from his cockpit, the coast and the mountains of Taiwan. Impressive images supposed to demonstrate Beijing’s ability to approach very close to the coasts of the island. For the first time, missiles flew over Taiwan during these military exercises, affirmed the Chinese public television CCTV. Neither the Chinese army nor the Taiwanese army, however, have confirmed this information. “median line”. Drawn unilaterally by the United States during the Cold War, this line has never been recognized by Beijing. allies. The White House summoned the Chinese ambassador, Qin Gang, to castigate behavior deemed “irresponsible”. Beijing’s decision to suspend the dialogue with Washington on the climate has drawn another wave of criticism. “, Alden Meyer, an analyst at the E3G think tank, specializing in climate change, told AFP. “It is impossible to tackle the climate emergency if the two main economies and the two largest emitters do not act, and it is always better that they do so in collaboration.” A risk of armed confrontation? The spokesman for the American executive for national security affairs, John Kirby, castigated him on Friday for a “fundamentally irresponsible” decision. “China is not just punishing the United States, it is punishing the whole world,” he added. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his dismay. For him, “it is impossible to solve the most pressing problems in the world without effective dialogue and cooperation between the two countries,” said his spokesman. With China-Taiwan tensions at their highest for nearly 30 years and a risk, certainly measured, of military conflict, the deterioration of the Beijing-Washington relations could be lasting, note experts. “The American-Chinese relationship is currently in a very bad patch,” Bonnie Glaser told AFP. China specialist at the German Marshall Fund of the United States research center in Washington She cites as “particularly worrying” the suspension of cooperation agreements crucial for the stability of the region, such as that on maritime military cooperation aimed precisely at preserving the escalation.For Bonnie Glaser, the United States has undoubtedly “underestimated” the anger of Chinese public opinion.Most analysts, however, agree that, despite these exercises s military, Beijing does not want an armed confrontation for the moment. With AFP
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