Taiwan expresses displeasure over China's 'military intimidation'

Taiwan's Defense Ministry said China's military exercises could “undermine regional peace. Exercises in the Taiwan Strait will not help improve relations between the two countries.

Sun Li-Fang, a spokesman for Taiwan's Ministry of Defense, said that such a move by China "will not only have an impact on regional security and peace stability, but will also have a negative impact on global peace and economic development."

- Therefore, we are not happy to see the Chinese military carrying out intimidation, Li Fang added.

The country has been on high alert since this morning, with naval and ground units on alert for Chinese military exercises taking place around the self-governing island democracy where a new president took office this week.

China's military said it had begun two days of exercises around Taiwan, calling them punishment for separatist forces seeking independence on the self-ruled island.

New President Lai Ching-te took office in Taiwan this week and said he was seeking dialogue with Beijing, while maintaining Taiwan's de facto independent status and avoiding conflicts that could attract "foreign supporters".

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