Taiwan repeated its refusal to bow to pressure from China after days of military drills surrounding the island, even as world leaders urged calm after the escalation caused by the United States.
“China has brutally used military actions to disrupt regional peace and stability,” Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters on Sunday, according to Bloomberg.
“We will never bow to pressure. We uphold freedom and democracy, and believe Taiwanese disapprove China’s bullying actions with force and saber-rattling at our door,” he added.
He noted that it is not only the island that suffers, saying, “Neighboring countries have protested loudly, and freedom-loving and democratic countries such as the United States have strongly condemned it.”
The People’s Liberation Army stated that it conducted exercises around the island on Sunday, with drills focused on testing the capabilities of joint firepower on long-range air and ground strikes.
Taiwan mentioned that the Chinese drills again simulated attacks on its main island as well as the island’s ships.
The Defense Ministry also deployed drones near Taiwan’s outlying islands, adding it responded by sending airplanes and ships and monitoring the situation through surveillance and reconnaissance.
Beijing has carried out its most large-scale military drills in decades in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the island last week.
China has also likely fired missiles over the island, sent warships across the Taiwan Strait’s median line, and flew waves of warplanes across the US-defined boundary.
Beijing denounced the visit by Pelosi as a violation of the US pledge 50 years ago not to formally recognize the government of the island, which China claims as its territory.