The measures are aimed at protecting China's sovereignty, “the interests of the country's development and stability.” The media believe that in this way Beijing is preparing to invade Taiwan. The PRC has previously said that it will fight against an attempt to separate the island “Xi Jinping allowed Chinese army non-military operations” />
Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a set of regulations on non-military operations of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Xinhua reported.
The new rules are aimed at “protecting the life and property of people, the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country, world peace and stability in the region.”
The document consists of 59 articles, according to the agency, it will enter into force on June 15.
Global Times, citing an unnamed military expert, writes that non-war military activities include disaster relief and humanitarian aid, maritime escorts and peacekeeping operations.
Experts interviewed by the publication note that the Chinese Armed Forces have been participating in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020, and they have also been involved in rescue operations during natural disasters such as earthquake and flood. According to the interlocutors, the Chinese army, by conducting anti-terrorism, anti-piracy and peacekeeping missions abroad, can “prevent the impact of regional instability on China, secure vital transportation routes for strategic materials such as oil, or protect China's overseas investments, projects and personnel.” ;.
At the same time, Radio Free Asia writes that in this way Beijing can prepare for an invasion of the island of Taiwan under the guise of a “special operation” that is not classified as a war.
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Taiwan is located about 150 km from the coast of China. The territory declared separation from the country in 1949, but Beijing did not recognize this decision and still considers it one of the Chinese provinces. The US and Russia support the One China principle. The US does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but sells arms to Taiwan under the 1979 Relations Act. Washington maintains official relations with Beijing. Chinese authorities accuse the US of provoking confrontation and insist that the Taiwan issue does not tolerate outside interference.
At the end of May, US President Joe Biden said that Washington was ready for a military response to China's possible use of force against Taiwan. According to the American leader, Beijing is “playing with fire by flying close [to Taiwan] and doing all these maneuvers.” Although Washington adheres to the “one-China policy,” this does not mean that “the PRC has the right to use force to seize Taiwan,” he stressed. After that, The New York Times reported that the White House stepped up efforts to re-equip the island's defense system to repel a possible Chinese attack, using the experience of supplying weapons to Ukraine.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry protested in connection with Biden's speech and declared that “Taiwan is an inalienable part of the territory of China.” The representative of the Ministry of Defense of the country, Wu Qian, said that the Chinese army will take any measures to prevent Taiwan from separating from the country and will protect its territorial integrity.
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