China announces end of military drills in sea, airspace, says it will not renounce use of force over Taiwan unification

China says it has completed its military drills around Taiwan, which began last week following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

The military’s Eastern Theater Command, which is in charge of the East China Sea, made the announcement on Wednesday.

It says its series of joint military operations in the sea and airspace around Taiwan had successfully completed various tasks and effectively tested the integrated combat capabilities of the troops.

However, the military command also says it will keep a close eye on changes in the situation in the Taiwan Strait. It adds that it will continue to carry out training and organize regular combat readiness patrols in the direction of the Strait in an effort to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Chinese military had initially announced it would conduct the drills until Sunday but extended it through Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government says in a white paper that it will pursue the peaceful unification of Taiwan but will not renounce the use of force.

The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the State Council Information Office released the white paper titled “The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era” on Wednesday.

The white paper says, “Taiwan is part of China. This is an indisputable fact supported by history and the law.”

It says the country is now more confident in and capable of achieving the goal of complete national unification than ever before.

The paper also says, “Peaceful reunification and One Country, Two Systems are our basic principles for resolving the Taiwan question and the best approach to realizing national reunification.” But it adds China “will not renounce the use of force.”

The paper also says some anti-China forces in the United States “deliberately distort the nature of the Taiwan question,” and that their intention to obstruct China’s unification “should be thoroughly exposed and condemned.”

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