Taiwan’s Ministry of Air Defense confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) fired “several ballistic missiles” into the northwest and southwest waters of the island starting at 13:46 local time (7:46 in Italy). In response, the Taipei Armed Forces activated security systems, a ministry spokesman said at a press conference. The ministry also condemned China’s irrational actions that “threaten regional space and stability”. Reporters from the AFP news agency have seen it Bullets fired by the Chinese Army In the direction of the Taiwan Strait.
China attacked the G7 over Taiwan. “It is the United States that is causing problems, crises and constantly escalating tensions,” said Foreign Minister Wang Yi, yesterday commenting strongly on a joint G7 statement asking Beijing to refrain from “aggressive military action”. “Unnecessary escalation” and “not to forcefully change the situation unilaterally”. The U.S. blatant provocation, coupled with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei, “has set a bad precedent if it is not corrected and countered,” Wang added in a ministerial note.
Missiles fail, Japan protests – Five ballistic missiles fired by China during a heightened military maneuver around Taiwan ended up in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.. The Japanese Defense Ministry has expressed its opposition to Beijing’s move.
Exercises – These are the largest military drills ever carried out around Taiwan amid rising tensions in an echo of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. Official media recalled these as “large-scale military and training maneuvers” that included direct artillery and missile strikes in the seven demarcated sea areas for navigation and increased air travel. Taiwan occupies much of its territorial and internal waters and Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Apprehensions about Taipei – Taiwan’s armed forces “regularly operate and monitor our surroundings in response to irrational actions” by the People’s Republic of China “with the aim of changing the situation and destabilizing the security of the region”. This was reported in a note from the Taipei Defense Ministry at the start of large-scale Chinese military maneuvers around the island. “We do not seek expansion, but we will not stop when it comes to our security and sovereignty. We will support the policy of preparing for war without resorting to war, with an attitude of ‘not escalating conflicts, not creating disputes’.”
Maneuver until Monday – The period of “Target Military Maneuvers” has been extended from Sunday 7 August to Monday 8 August at 10:00.
China’s response – Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei was “a provocation and a violation of sovereignty”. Therefore, “taking the necessary countermeasures is the right step,” said Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Beijing government’s Taiwan Affairs Bureau. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reported that “the entire training exercise for firing live ammunition has been successfully completed”.
USA copy – “The United States opposes any unilateral attempt to change the status of Taiwan, especially by force.” This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. “US policy on the island has not changed”, Nlinken reiterated, stressing that “the stability of the strait is in the interest of the entire region”.
EU Condemnation – Joseph, head of EU diplomacy Borrell condemned China’s “targeted military exercises”. Around Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island was not the right reason. “There is no justification for using a visit as a pretext for aggressive military action in the Taiwan Strait,” Borrell tweeted. “It is normal and customary for lawmakers in our countries to travel internationally. We encourage all parties to remain calm, exercise restraint and act with transparency,” Borrell said for ASEAN in Phnom Penh.
The foreign ministers of the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) have warned that the growing tension around Taiwan could trigger “open conflicts”. .
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