Troops of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) reportedly carried out a mock invasion of Taiwan after Chinese Communist Party Secretary General Xi Jinping ordered the military to be prepared for war at all times.
Express Uk reported that images of armed soldiers taking possession of an unnamed island located in Fujian Province, 214 miles from Taiwan, were broadcast by the Chinese state television station, CCTV. The footage shows helicopters firing missiles at the ground, while troops fired machine guns at water targets.
According to CCTV, the helicopters were ordered to fly 66 feet above sea level to launch “precise strikes” against land targets, which were located in Minnan, the closest point in mainland China to Taiwan.
For this occasion, CCTV did not indicate whether the drills related to Taiwan. Last year state television explained that in a simulated invasion of Taiwan during the National Day holiday, CCP forces had moved to a neighboring island in the Taiwan Strait.
Regarding the simulations, Zhu Fenglian, spokesman for the Office of Taiwan Affairs in Beijing, said that “Taiwan independence is a dead end, while confrontation will lead nowhere.”
The assault on the island of Taiwan by the CCP’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) comes after Xi ordered the army forces to train under “real combat conditions” earlier this year.
A statement issued from the website of the Chinese military commission, indicates that Xi ordered the troops to be ready for an eventual “real war scenario.”
According to the order, “Training under real combat conditions must be deepened and all military training should be war-centered and conducive to improving combat effectiveness, and the research on warfare and combat-related issues should be enhanced.”
Last October, amid a military visit to the PLA’s marine corps base in the city of Chaozhou, Xi called on the troops to put “all their mind and energy into preparing for war.”
The military actions by the PLA come amid the announcement of the visit to the island this week by the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft.
However, the visit ended up being canceled as a result of the scheduling of the presidential transition event to be held, according to the U.S. State Department.
The visit provoked the anger of the CCP, which indicated that America would pay a “high price” for the visit.
Under the leadership of Donald Trump, the United States has been characterized by the strengthening of diplomatic relations with Taiwan despite threats from the CCP that denies the island’s sovereignty and claims it as part of its territory.
The Trump administration had also sold $5.861 billion worth of weapons systems to Taiwan by 2020.