Beijing’s top Taiwan affairs official, Liu Jieyi said that the military exercises are a warning against anyone who tries to split the Taiwan Strait. The comments made by Premier William Lai had advocated for the independence of the Taiwan region along with a series of gestures which are pro-Taiwan in nature done by the US.
The previous exercises have followed a similar pattern. The military muscle power has collided with the interests of Beijing over the island. Taiwan regards itself as a province of China which might seek its independence.
In 1995, Lee Teng-hui was the first Taiwanese leader to visit the US as Washington had proposed to re-establish its diplomatic ties with Taiwan. The PLA in 1995 had conducted a series of military exercises which began with the testing of the missiles at some 60 kilometers from the territory of Taiwan.
Exercises by China followed where it had been using warships, airborne and marine troops and joint landing drills. There had been many military exercises since 1995. in 2005, the Anti-secession Law was passed in Beijing which declared that China can show and use its power if Taiwan tries to claim their independence or tries to break free. In 2008, President Ma Ying-jeou tried to improve Taiwan’s relationship with China by stopping the vital military drills for more than 10 years.
In the year of 2015, the anti-mainland sentiments increased among the people of Taiwan and Tsai-Ing played a major role in the presidential campaign were the navy and the PLA coastguard carried out some small military exercises.
In the years of 2016 and 2017, the cross-strait tensions increased and the Liaoning aircrafts increased its patrolling exercises over the Taiwan Strait. On 17th April 2018, a live-fire exercise will take place which is a part of the drill in the coast of Fujian.