Chinese confident, Taiwanese indifferent as military drills due to end
Beijing residents feel confident that the purpose of the four-day military exercises around Taiwan in reaction to a visit by the US House speaker to the island is achieved, while residents in Hsinchu, Taiwan are unfazed as the drills were due to end on Sunday.
Nancy Pelosi's visit last week to the self-ruled island infuriated China, which responded with test launches of ballistic missiles over the island's capital for the first time and the cutting of communication links with the United States.
Twenty-four-year-old Hsinchu resident, Chen, who was at the Hsinchu Air Force Space to watch the military aircrafts, told Reuters that Taiwanese people are worried.
“I can’t say that they’re contemptuous, but there is no serious attitude to the matter,” she said.
Beijing resident Wang, however, when asked about the effect of the military exercises, said with confidence that the maximum purpose and impact are achieved by mainland China at the minimum cost.