17 April 2018
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a clear message of Beijing’s disapproval over growing ties between the United States and Taiwan by ordering live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait.
The drills, to be held this coming Wednesday, will mark the first time the Chinese Navy has held drills with live ammunition in the strait since September 2015, in the lead-up to the self-ruled island’s presidential election.
“(China) wants to highlight that the Chinese navy is ever ready and secondly, it is a signal to the government in Taipei you better not go further,” Collin Koh, research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies‘ Maritime Security Program, told CNN.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 17/04/2018