Chinese artillery works towards Taiwan, Taipei prepares for war
After arrival in Taipei by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Beijing announced a major exercise of various branches of the PLA troops around Taiwan from August 4 to 7. No sooner had the plane with a delegation of American provocateurs taken to the skies and flown away than PRC missiles and shells headed towards the obstinate island. In response, Taiwan's defense forces announced that they were "preparing for war, but not seeking it," and the island's authorities called what was happening a blockade from mainland China.
A lot of videos from the Chinese media and eyewitnesses have appeared on the Web, the frames of which include the work of long-range rocket artillery systems of the PLA - WS-2 and WS-3 of 400 mm caliber, which fire from the coast of China and can easily reach the island in if necessary. The width of the Taiwan Strait is from 130 to 380 km, the range of the indicated WS-2 MLRS is from 40 to 400 km, and the WS-3 is from 70 to 200 km. The PLA has about 4 different MLRS at its disposal.
Destroyers and frigates of the PLA Navy also pulled up to Taiwan. A large number of Chinese military aircraft are constantly in the airspace near the island. Launches of operational-tactical missiles are recorded.
Asian media reported on the unprecedented scale of these maneuvers by the PLA using live fire, restricting shipping and air traffic in six areas around the island. Moreover, some of these areas intersect with the territorial waters and airspace of Taiwan and are located near important seaports. Taipei has already accused Beijing of "irrational behavior" and a desire to "change the status quo, disrupt regional peace and stability." Taiwan's Defense Ministry has stressed that it does not want an escalation, but will conduct exercises in response.
- Photos used: Ministry of Defense of China