According to Reuters, Taiwan’s Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng said that the Chinese communist regime has destroyed a tacit agreement on military action between the two sides by crossing an unofficial “median line” in the Taiwan Strait.
Chiu told Taiwan’s parliament during a committee meeting on Wednesday, October 5:
“The median line was supposed to be a tacit agreement for everyone.”
Chiu added, “That tacit agreement has been destroyed.”
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August, the Chinese regime escalated aggressive large-scale military exercises around the island. China’s navy has often crossed the line to show its angry protest against the visit.
Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu in August said that he wanted “to make sure that the median line is still there, to safeguard peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
However, Christopher Twomey, a scholar from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, told Reuters that he believed the U.S. Navy considered the median line as a “political artifact” rather than a legal one.
Reuters reported that for nearly 70 years, China tacitly acknowledged the unofficial median line, but in 2020 the regime denied and said it “did not exist.”
The median line is in the middle of the Taiwan Strait and is around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Taiwanese waters.
A couple of days ago, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told CNN in an interview that He sees that China is changing its mode of action, which the U.S. called a “new normal” for military activities around Taiwan.