China Has Established A “Blockade” Around Taiwan And Plans To Shoot Missiles Directly Over The Island

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

I feel really bad for the Taiwanese people.  Thanks to the recklessness of Nancy Pelosi, China has decided to become much more aggressive.  Until Sunday, a series of extremely alarming “live-fire drills” in the waters surrounding Taiwan will essentially cut off much of the normal maritime and air traffic that reaches the island.  And it is being reported that during these “exercises” China actually plans to fire missiles over Taiwan for the very first time.  Needless to say, much of the Taiwanese population will become greatly alarmed when they see missiles flying overhead.  Taiwan is heavily dependent on imported food, and China is demonstrating very clearly that they can completely cut off the island from all resources if they are crossed again.


In the western world, news sources are using the term “blockade” over and over again to describe what China is doing right now.  Here is just one example

China is to begin a series of unprecedented live-fire drills that would effectively blockade the island of Taiwan, just hours after the departure of US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, whose controversial visit this week has sparked fears of a crisis in the Taiwan strait.

Taiwan has characterised the drills, which will last until Sunday afternoon – and will include missile tests and other “military operations” as close as nine miles to Taiwan’s coastline – as a violation of international law.

Let us hope that these measures are just temporary, because a blockade is technically an act of war.

China’s “military exercises” near Taiwan have already begun, but the really big ones that everyone is talking about will start on Thursday

Six days of military exercises kicked off Tuesday night with live-fire drills in and around the Taiwan strait that will last through today, as authoritarian China attempts to intimidate its democratic neighbour and pressure the US into dropping support.

Four more days of drills will then commence on Thursday and last until Sunday, taking place in six locations around Taiwan – three of which cross into the island’s territorial waters in what Taipei called a serious breach of international norms.

You can see a map of the six zones where the Chinese will be conducting their drills right here.

As you can see, those six zones essentially form a perimeter which completely surrounds the Island.

And during this time China is warning all airlines “to avoid flying close to Taiwan”

Beijing followed the condemnation with a slew of punitive measures against Taiwan, including live-drills in six areas around the island’s coastline that will run between noon on Thursday and the same time on Sunday.

Airlines operating in Asia were warned to avoid flying close to Taiwan during the exercise with ships being told to stay away from the “danger zones”.

Until next week, very little maritime and air traffic will be reaching the island.

That won’t hurt too much as long as China ends the blockade early next week.

And as I mentioned earlier, during the exercises China also plans to fire missiles directly over Taiwan for the very first time

China signaled on Wednesday it plans to dramatically escalate military provocations aimed at Taiwan to include flying missiles over it for the first time, a clear sign that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s departure from visiting the island nation marks not the end of a burgeoning standoff with the U.S. but rather the beginning of one.

The English-language Global Times news outlet, which is aligned with the Chinese Communist Party, included in a post early Wednesday “that conventional missiles are expected to fly over the island of Taiwan for the first time” in response to the California Democrat’s daylong stopover to meet with local officials, which Beijing considers a clear break from standing policy governing the island over which it claims dominion.

This is a very obvious attempt at intimidation.

Of course the Taiwanese people have been living under the threat of a potential Chinese invasion for a long time, but this definitely takes things to a new level.

My hope is that when next week rolls around the Chinese will decide that they have sent a strong enough message and will pack up and go home.

But I wouldn’t count on it.

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