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Aug 03, 2022
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China Increases Military And 'Law Enforcement' Activity In Taiwan Straits As 'Serious Warning' To Taiwan Separatists, 'Stern Deterrence' Against American Escalation

#9724 | 02:23
Source: CCTV (China)

On August 3, 2022, against the backdrop of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China's CCTV Video News Agency posted to its YouTube channel two reports about increased Chinese military activity in the Taiwan Straits and around Taiwan.

The first report is about a joint military exercise launched by the PLA's Eastern Theater Command as a "serious warning" to Taiwanese "separatists" and as an act of "stern deterrence" against "major" American escalation. Gu Zhong, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the PLA's Eastern Theater, told the reporter that the exercises are a "necessary step" and include "all-factor" exercises involving naval assaults, land strikes, air control, and precision guided weapons. Gu also said that the exercises will test the theater's weapons and combat capabilities. The report also features footage of PLA ground vehicles and fighter jets.

The second CCTV report said that on August 2, China's Haixun-06 maritime patrol boat began a seven-day "law enforcement" mission in the Taiwan Strait, off the coast of Fujian. The report also said that the vessel will perform "emergency response" drills during its patrol

Onscreen text: "The Eastern Theatre Command of the PLA launched a series of joint military operations around the Taiwan Island starting from Tuesday night. The military operations are a stern deterrent against the recent major escalation of the negative acts by the United States on the Taiwan question, and a serious warning against separatist activities seeking 'Taiwan Independence.'"

Gu Zhong, Deputy Chief of Staff, Eastern Theater: "The joint military operations are a necessary step in response to the dangerous moves of the U.S. and Taiwan authorities on the Taiwan question. The Theatre Command has organized multi-service and arms units to conduct systematic and all-factor exercises to contain and control sea assault, land strike, air control, and other targeted exercises and live firing of precision guided weapons, so as to comprehensively test the performance of weapons and equipment and joint combat capabilities of the troops, and get ready to respond to any crisis.

"We warn those who visit Taiwan with malicious intentions and 'Taiwan Independence' elements that the PLA Eastern Theatre Command has full confidence and ability to counter all provocations and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Onscreen text: "China's largest maritime patrol vessel in the Taiwan Strait Haixun-06 on August 2 sailed into the water off the southern part of the Fujian Province to carry out marine patrol and law enforcement activity. In the coming days, Haixun-06 will continue its patrol and law enforcement activity in the water off the southern part of the Fujian and conduct emergency response drills in conjunction with relevant maritime departments. This patrol mission of Haizun-06 will last for seven days. It patrolled an area stretching about 97 nautical miles for nine hours on August 2."

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