China-Taiwan News Updates: China on Thursday fired multiple missiles around Taiwan 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. Pelosi’s visit has infuriated Beijing since then. This is the first time missiles would fly over Taiwan. . Read More
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China sent 22 fighter jets briefly 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, according to news agency AFP. 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.
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday called for an “immediate stop” to China’s military drills around Taiwan, launched after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island this week, reports news agency AFP. “China’s actions this time have a serious impact on the peace and stability of the region and the international community. I once again demand the immediate stop of these military exercises,” Hayashi told reporters in Phnom Penh, where he is attending a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Four of the five Chinese ballistic missiles that appeared to land in Japan’s exclusive economic zone are “believed to have flown over Taiwan’s main island”, Tokyo’s defence ministry said Thursday. Japan has lodged a diplomatic protest with China over the presumed missile landings in its EEZ, as Beijing holds large-scale military drills in the waters around Taiwan, reports news agency AFP.
China and Japan have not delimited the boundaries in related maritime areas, so it is not the case that area of China’s military operation is inside or has entered Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Global Times quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying on Thursday.
The Taiwanese Army has reportedly begun moving 155mm M114 howitzers and 120mm mortars closer to the PLA’s exercise areas. Meanwhile, the United States has positioned a carrier strike group and two big deck amphibious ships embarked with Marine F-35B Fighters are underway to the east of Taiwan, media reports quoted defense officials as saying.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plane touched down in Japan on Thursday for the final stop on her Asian tour, following a visit to Taiwan that incensed China. New agency AFP reporters saw the aircraft land at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, with Pelosi arriving from South Korea having this week become the highest-profile elected US official to set foot in Taiwan in 25 years.
China is furious with the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, an island nation that China claims to be its territory. Taiwan claims to be an independent country with strong democratic ideals. Taiwan, known as ‘Republic of China’, was ruled by the Nationalist Party or Kuomintang (KMT) for a long time. KMT ruled mainland China from 1928 to 1949. It was defeated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the civil war, and fled and formed an exiled government in Taiwan in 1949 and ruled the island territory under martial law till 1987 and claimed to represent the whole China. Taiwan, and not the mainland China ruled by the CCP, was part of the United Nations and its Security Council for many years. That changed in 1970s. Read More
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. Asked about China’s drills, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “This is China’s sovereign right.” “The tension in the region and around Taiwan was provoked… by the visit of Nancy Pelosi,” news agency Reuters quoted Peskov as telling reporters on a conference call. “It was an absolutely unnecessary visit and an unnecessary provocation.”
Ballistic missiles fired by China are believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone for the first time, Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi was quoted as saying by news agency AFP on Thursday. “Five of the nine ballistic missiles launched by China are believed to have landed within Japan’s EEZ,” Kishi told reporters as China holds massive military drills in the waters around Taiwan.
China fired ballistic missiles and deployed fighter jets and warships on Thursday as it held its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan, a show of force sparked by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, reports news agency AFP. Pelosi 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. The drills began around 12 pm (0400 GMT), and involved a “conventional missile firepower assault” in waters to the east of Taiwan, the Chinese military said. The aim was to test the precision of the missiles and their ability to deny an enemy access to or control of an area, Eastern Theater Command spokesman Senior Colonel Shi Yi said in a statement.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a statement amid Chinese military drills encircling Taiwan and said, “ASEAN is concerned with the international and regional volatility, especially in the recent development in the area adjacent with the ASEAN region, which could destabilize the region and eventually could lead to miscalculation, serious confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among major powers”.
“ASEAN calls for maximum restraint, refrain from provocative action and for upholding the principles enshrined in United Nations Charter and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC). We reiterate ASEAN Member States’ support for their respective One-China Policy.”
Taiwanese media has reported that two DF-15 ballistic missiles fired by China flew over the island and fell into the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan Defence Ministry continues to be on high alert as PLA conducts live firing including firing long-range rockets near Matzu, Wuqiu, Dongyin and other outer islands. The Defence Ministry has strongly condemned Chinese action, Taiwan reporter Tingting Liu said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said G7 turned blind eyes to Pelosi’s Taiwan visit before it happened, but now accused China of taking actions of justice. Their hypocrisy and ugliness have been fully exposed.
“US-led G7 members are the brand spokesmen of aggression and coercion. I would like to remind their foreign ministers that it is now the third decade of the 21st century. If your minds are still stuck in the past one hundred years, there will be problems,” Hua said.
Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said on Thursday: “The Chinese military keeps its word. The joint military exercises and training activities around the Taiwan island is a serious deterrent against collusion between the U.S. and Taiwan.
Chinese PLA launched live-fire, long-range rockets into the designated area in the eastern part of the Taiwan Straits during Thursday’s drills.
Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has lifted sea, air control off Taiwan island with missile drills completed.
Relevant sea and airspace control off the eastern coast of Taiwan island has been lifted since the live-fire missile drills have hit the targets precisely, Senior Colonel Shi Yi, spokesperson for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command, said.
Chinese PLA’s Eastern Theater Command Rocket Force has launched multiple types of conventional missiles into several designated sea regions east of, accurately hitting targets, Global Times reported.
The missile launches tested the rocket force’s strike precision and area denial capabilities, a spokesperson said.
China-Taiwan News Updates: China on Thursday fired multiple missiles around Taiwan 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. Pelosi’s visit has infuriated Beijing since then. This is the first time missiles would fly over Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Tokyo’s defence minister said ballistic missiles fired by China are believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone for the first time. “Five of the nine ballistic missiles launched by China are believed to have landed within Japan’s EEZ,” Nobuo Kishi told reporters, as China holds massive military drills in the waters around Taiwan.
Japan had “lodged a protest with China through diplomatic channels”, Kishi said, calling the matter “a serious problem that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens”. Parts of Japan’s southernmost island region Okinawa are close to Taiwan. Kishi said it was the first time Chinese ballistic missiles had landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The EEZ extends up to 200 nautical miles from Japan’s coastline, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.
The figure of nine missiles fired was an assessment by the Japanese side, Kishi said.
On the other hand, the Kremlin said that China had the sovereign right to hold major military drills around Taiwan and accused the US of artificially fuelling tensions in the region. Asked about China’s drills, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “This is China’s sovereign right.” “The tension in the region and around Taiwan was provoked…by the visit of Nancy Pelosi,” news agency Reuters quoted Peskov as telling reporters on a conference call. “It was an absolutely unnecessary visit and an unnecessary provocation.”
Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after a less than 24-hour visit that defied a series of increasingly stark threats from Beijing, which views the island as its territory.
Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, was the highest-profile elected US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years. She declared her presence made it “unequivocally clear” that the United States would “not abandon” a democratic ally like Taiwan.
The Chinese military began the military drill on Thursday with live-fire exercises in the sea surrounding Taiwan at noon (0400 GMT) on Thursday, state broadcaster CCTV said.
“From 12:00 pm today to 12:00 pm on (August) 7, an important military exercise of the People’s Liberation Army is taking place,” CCTV said, in a social media post that included a map of Taiwan.
Chinese forces in two areas off the northern coast of Taiwan could potentially seal off Keelung, a major port, while strikes could be launched from an area east of Taiwan targeting the military bases in Hualien and Taidong, said Meng Xiangqing, a professor at the National Defence University.
(with inputs from agencies)