In an editorial in its newspaper, the PLA Daily, the Chinese military expressed confidence in thwarting all external interference and separatist actions of ‘Taiwan independence’.
“If the separatist forces of ‘Taiwan independence’ dare to separate Taiwan from China by any name and by any means, the People’s Liberation Army will resolutely destroy it by all means,” the PLA Daily editorial was quoted as saying. Russia Today, Tuesday (12/10/2021).
Earlier on Monday, the PLA newspaper had posted a video on its Weibo account showing a recent military drill, in which several waves of soldiers practiced taking control of the coast.
The video shows Chinese soldiers storming the beach in small boats, breaking through barbed wire and other obstacles, digging trenches in sand dunes, and practicing fighting through the jungle. According to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the action involved “shock” troops, sappers and boat specialists.
The drills were reportedly conducted in Fujian province, which is just 180 kilometers across the strait from Taiwan. China regards the island of Taiwan as part of its sovereign territory under its ‘One China’ policy. Taiwan has been ruled by nationalists who retreated there after losing a civil war to the Communists in 1949.
In addition, state television station CCTV reportedly also broadcast footage of live-fire drills showing warships from the PLA Eastern Theater Command in mock combat maneuvers. In recent months, China’s military has deployed warships and fighter jets on strike drills near Taiwan in response to US “provocations”.