China practices invasion of Taiwan
CHINA launching missiles in waters around Taiwan is practice for a full-scale invasion, warned Chief Diplomatic Correspondent Eddie Erlanger as Beijing launches into four-day live-fire drills.
Mr Erlanger explained how China’s President Xi Jinping may be trying to retake Taiwan in a similar way to Vladimir Putin trying to take over Ukraine. Mr Erlanger explained China’s current blockade-like military activities around Taiwan highlight the region is experiencing “a real moment of tension” because of Xi’s attempts to solidify his legacy. China has been ramping up its dangerous military rehearsals for war with Taiwan, China’s PLA even let off missiles in Taiwan’s direction in order to intimidate.
Mr Erlanger told Times Radio: “He may much like Vladimir Putin thinks dragging Ukraine back into Russia is his legacy.
“It’s very possible Xi Jinping thinks dragging Taiwan back into China’s orbit fully, will be his legacy.”
The presenter said: “We were expecting this weren’t we?”
Mr Erlanger added: “Well we were, China warned that it was going to happen they safely waited until Pelosi was out because nobody wants that kind of confrontation.
“But what they’re doing now they planned that four-day live fire exercise, which is twice as long as her actual visits.