Pingtan Islands

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  • August 2, 2022
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In News: China announces military exercise opposite Taiwan

  • China’s military exercise comes ahead of U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plans to visit to the island country.
  • The ruling Communist Party’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army, was conducting “live-fire exercises” near the Pingtan islands off Fujian province, China.
  • China says Taiwan has no right to conduct foreign relations. I
  • t sees visits by American officials as encouragement for the island to make its decades-old de facto independence official.
  • Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war that ended with a communist victory on the mainland.
  • The two governments say they are one country but disagree over which is entitled to national leadership.
  • They have no official relations but are linked by billions of dollars in trade and investment.

Source: The Hindu

Previous Year Question

Q.1) Which one of the following statements best reflects the issue with Senkaku Islands, sometimes mentioned in the news? (2022)

  1. It is generally believed that they are artificial islands made by a country around South China Sea.
  2. China and Japan engage in maritime disputes over these islands in East China Sea.
  3. A permanent American military base has been set up there to help Taiwan to increase its defence capabilities.
  4. Though International Court of Justice declared them as no man’s land, some South-East Asian countries claim them.

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