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China-Taiwan News Updates: Beijing Halts Dialogue With US on Climate Change Among Other Issues Over Pelosi's Visit

China-Taiwan News Updates: US House speaker Nancy Pelosi made the highest-profile US official to visit Taiwan in years, defying a series of stark threats from Beijing

News18.com | August 05, 2022, 21:03 IST
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China-Taiwan News Updates: China fired ballistic missiles and deployed fighter jets Thursday as it held its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan, a show of force condemned by Washington as a gross overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. The US House speaker was the highest-profile US official to visit Taiwan in years, defying a series of stark threats from Beijing, which views the self-ruled island Read More

Aug 05, 2022 17:01 IST

68 Chinese Planes, 13 Warships Crossed Median Line Friday: Taiwan Defence Ministry

Taipei’s military said 68 Chinese fighter jets and 13 warships crossed the “median line” that runs down the Taiwan Strait during Friday’s military drills by Beijing’s forces, reports news agency AFP. “(We) condemn the communist military for deliberately crossing the median line of the strait and harassing the sea and air around Taiwan,” the defence ministry said in its latest statement.

Aug 05, 2022 15:56 IST

China Says Ending Cooperation With US on Multiple Issues

China on Friday said it was cancelling several defence meetings and suspending key climate talks with the United States after a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan this week, reports news agency AFP. China will “suspend the China-US climate change talks” and nix plans for a call between military leaders as well as two security meetings, the Chinese foreign ministry said, citing Pelosi’s “disregard of China’s strong opposition and stern representations” on the Taiwan visit.

Aug 05, 2022 15:13 IST

US Summons Chinese Ambassador Over 'Rebuke': Report

White House has summoned the Chinese ambassador for their rebuke on the Taiwan response, according to the Washington Post.

Aug 05, 2022 15:00 IST

China sanctions Pelosi over Taiwan visit: foreign ministry

China’s foreign ministry announced sanctions against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday, after her visit to Taiwan this week prompted fury and shows of military force from Beijing.

The ministry said Pelosi was “seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs and seriously undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” with the visit, and that Beijing would “impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family”, without giving further details.

China has announced sanctions on a number of US officials in recent years for acting against what it views as its core interests and speaking out on human rights issues in Hong Kong and the northwestern region of Xinjiang, often without specifying punitive measures.

In March this year Beijing said it was imposing visa restrictions on an undisclosed list of United States officials who had allegedly “concocted lies on human rights issues involving China”.

Aug 05, 2022 14:00 IST

Overreaction, Unfit Behaviour from a Nuclear Superpower: US Tells China

The United States harshly criticised China this week once more as the latter continues its military exercise near the Taiwan Strait.

The US said that China’s 11 ballistic missile launches were a sign of overreaction to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit. READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 13:38 IST

China Uses Fake News, Threats after War Drills Fail to Subdue Tsai-Ing wen and Taiwan

The Chinese government in its frustration with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip has now attacked Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and her party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for hosting Pelosi. READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 13:14 IST

China's Taiwan military drills 'a significant escalation': Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday condemned China’s military drills encircling Taiwan as “a significant escalation”.

Blinken said there was “no justification” for the exercises launched by Beijing in response to a visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

China fired ballistic missiles and deployed fighter jets and warships around Taiwan, declaring multiple no-go danger zones in some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

“These provocative actions are a significant escalation,” Blinken said after talks with Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Phnom Penh.

Blinken said this week’s stand-off was Beijing’s latest attempt to alter the fragile status quo over self-ruled Taiwan, which China’s ruling Communist Party regards as part of its territory to be recovered, by force if necessary.

Aug 05, 2022 12:54 IST

Taiwan condemns 'evil neighbour' China over war drills

Taiwan blasted its “evil neighbour next door” on Friday after China encircled the island with a series of huge military drills that were condemned by the United States and other Western allies.

During Thursday’s military exercises, which continued Friday, China fired ballistic missiles and deployed both fighter jets and warships around Taiwan.

The People’s Liberation Army declared multiple no-go danger zones around Taiwan, straddling some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and at some points coming within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the island’s shores.

Aug 05, 2022 12:11 IST

EXPLAINED: Why is China Staging Drills Around Taiwan?

China is staging live-fire military drills in six self-declared zones surrounding Taiwan in response to a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island Beijing claims as its own territory. China has warned aircraft and ships to avoid the areas during the exercises, which run through Sunday. The drills appear to be a rehearsal for a potential blockade and invasion of the island that would almost certainly draw in Taiwan’s chief supporter, the United States, along with American allies including Japan and Australia. READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 10:38 IST

Chinese fighter jets and warships crossed median line, says Taiwan

Taipei’s military said Chinese fighter jets and ships crossed the median line that runs down the Taiwan Strait on Friday, calling Beijing’s latest military drills “highly provocative”.

“As of 11am, multiple batches of Chinese warplanes and warships conducted exercises around the Taiwan Strait and crossed the median line of the strait,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

“This Chinese military exercise, whether it be the launch of ballistic missiles or the deliberate crossing of the median line of the strait, is a highly provocative act.”

The median line is an unofficial but once largely adhered-to border that runs down the middle of the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and China.

Reuters reported that at least 10 naval vessels and 20 military aircraft from China crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait on the second day of PLA’s military exercise around Taiwan.

Aug 05, 2022 09:34 IST

Kremlin Calls Military Drills Around Taiwan 'China's Sovereign Right', Says Pelosi Visit 'Unnecessary'

The Kremlin said on Thursday that China had the sovereign right to hold major military drills around Taiwan and accused the United States of artificially fuelling tensions in the region.

China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday as it launched unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as its sovereign territory. READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 08:48 IST

Our Friendship With Taiwan Is a Strong One: Taiwan

Our friendship with Taiwan is a strong one, it is bipartisan and the House and the Senate’s overwhelming support for peace and status quo in Taiwan: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Japan.

Aug 05, 2022 08:14 IST

China-Taiwan News LIVE Updates: Beijing Made the Strikes Using Our Visit as an Excuse, Says Nancy Pelosi

The Chinese made their strikes ,probably using our visit as an excuse. They’ve tried to isolate Taiwan, keeping them most recently from World Health Org by not even letting their participation beyond their agency of World Health Agency that makes these determinations: Nancy Pelosi

Aug 05, 2022 07:58 IST

22 Chinese Jets Crossed Taiwan Strait 'Median Line', Says Taipei's Defence Ministry

China sent 22 fighter jets across the “median line” running down the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, Taipei’s defence ministry said in its latest briefing on large-scale military drills conducted by Beijing’s forces.

The Ministry of National Defense said “air defense missile systems” were deployed to track the jets and radio warnings were broadcast, according to an update on its website. READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 07:47 IST

China's Military Exercises Encircle Taiwan But Should We be Worried of a Larger Conflict? News18 Explains

In a worrying but ‘expected’ move, China launched its largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan on Thursday, straddling vital international shipping lanes following a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday, defying Beijing’s threats against the US visit, as Beijing considers the self-ruled island to be its territory. As tensions simmer amid complex geopolitical ties between the parties involved, Chinese military helicopters flew past Pingtan island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province. But does one need to be worried over military conflict? News18 explains: READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 07:31 IST

What Is The One-China Policy? Where Do Other Nations Stand? What’s India’s Position? | News18 Explains

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has successfully completed her visit to Taiwan, disregarding China’s vociferous threats.

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province that will one day unite with it. Beijing has not ruled out the possible use of force to reunify the self-ruled island with the mainland. It routinely protests any foreign dignitaries’ visits to Taiwan, insisting that all countries follow the One-China Policy. READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 07:29 IST

US condemns China missile launches as overreaction to Pelosi Taiwan trip

The United States said Thursday that China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan was an overreaction to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island. But White House spokesman John Kirby said a US aircraft carrier task force, sailing east of Taiwan, would remain in the region to monitor the situation after China conducted military live-fire exercises. “China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” Kirby told reporters.

Kirby called China’s actions part of a “manufactured crisis” but also said that Beijing was attempting to alter the regional power balance. “It’s also a pretext to try to up the ante… and to actually try to set a new status quo, to get to a new normal where they think they can keep things at,” Kirby said. “And my point coming out here today was making clear that we’re not going to accept a new status quo.” “The temperature’s pretty high,” Kirby said.

Aug 05, 2022 07:18 IST

Japan Condemns China for War Drills as 5 Ballistic Missiles Fall in Country's EEZ

Japan’s prime minister on Friday condemned China’s firing of ballistic missiles during military drills around Taiwan, calling them a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens”.

Five Chinese missiles appear to have fallen in the country’s exclusive economic zone, Tokyo has said, with four of those believed to have flown over Taiwan’s main island.

“China’s actions this time around have a serious impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for breakfast. READ MORE

Aug 05, 2022 07:17 IST

China-Taiwan News LIVE Updates: As Beijing Fires Missiles Around Island, US Calls It 'Gross Overreaction'

China fired ballistic missiles and deployed fighter jets Thursday as it held its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan, a show of force condemned by Washington as a gross overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.

The US House speaker was the highest-profile US official to visit Taiwan in years, defying a series of stark threats from Beijing, which views the self-ruled island as its territory.

In retaliation, China launched a series of exercises in multiple zones around Taiwan, straddling some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and at some points just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the island’s shore.

“China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

“The temperature’s pretty high,” but tensions “can come down very easily by just having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military drills,” he added.

The drills began around 12 noon local time (0400 GMT), and involved a “conventional missile firepower assault” in waters to the east of Taiwan, the Chinese military said.

as its territory. In retaliation, China launched a series of exercises in multiple zones around Taiwan, straddling some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and at some points just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the island’s shore.

“China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

“The temperature’s pretty high,” but tensions “can come down very easily by just having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military drills,” he added.

The drills began around 12 noon local time (0400 GMT), and involved a “conventional missile firepower assault” in waters to the east of Taiwan, the Chinese military said.

Taiwan said the Chinese military fired 11 Dongfeng-class ballistic missiles “in several batches” and condemned the exercises as “irrational actions that undermine regional peace”.

Taipei did not say where the missiles landed or whether they flew over the island.

But Japan, a key US ally, said that of the nine missiles it had detected, four were “believed to have flown over Taiwan’s main island”.

Tokyo has lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the exercises, with Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi saying five of the missiles were believed to have landed in his country’s exclusive economic zone.

Taipei’s defence ministry said it had detected 22 Chinese fighter jets briefly crossing the Taiwan Strait’s “median line” during Thursday’s exercises.

AFP journalists on the border island of Pingtan saw several small projectiles flying into the sky followed by plumes of white smoke and loud booming sounds.

On the mainland, at what is said to be China’s closest point to Taiwan, AFP saw a batch of five military helicopters flying at a relatively low altitude near a popular tourist spot.

Beijing has said the drills will last until midday on Sunday.

Beijing has defended the drills as “necessary and just”, pinning the blame for the escalation on the United States and its allies.

“In the face of this blatant provocation, we have to take legitimate and necessary countermeasures to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing Thursday.

Military analysts told Beijing’s state broadcaster CCTV that the goal was to practice a possible blockade of the island and contain its pro-independence forces.

“The purpose is to show that the PLA is capable of controlling all the exits of the Taiwan Island, which will be a great deterrent to ‘Taiwan independence’ secessionist forces,” said Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at China’s Naval Research Institute.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington had contacted Beijing “at every level of government” in recent days to call for calm and stability.

“I hope very much that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh.

– Ships warned, flights disrupted –
Speaking at the same meeting, Japan’s foreign minister called for an “immediate stop” to China’s military drills near Taiwan.

“China’s actions this time have a serious impact on the peace and stability of the region and the international community,” Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters.

The manoeuvers are taking place along some of the busiest shipping routes on the planet, used to supply vital semiconductors and electronic equipment produced in East Asian factory hubs to global markets.

Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau has issued warnings to ships to avoid the areas being used for the Chinese drills.

The Taiwanese cabinet said the drills would disrupt 18 international routes passing through its flight information region (FIR).

Taiwan’s 23 million people have long lived with the possibility of an invasion, but that threat has intensified under President Xi Jinping, China’s most assertive ruler in a generation.

Analysts said the Chinese leadership is keen to project strength ahead of a crucial ruling party meeting this autumn at which Xi is expected to be given an unprecedented third term, but that China is not aiming to escalate the situation beyond its control — at least for now.

Titus Chen, an associate professor of political science at the National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, said: “The last thing Xi wants is an accidental war.”

(with inputs from agencies)

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