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Taiwan says China's military exercises seem to simulate attack as tensions rise

Taiwan representative on growing tensions with China

Taiwan on Saturday, China's military training attacks itself After several Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait following a visit to Taipei that infuriated Beijing by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it seemed to simulate A dominated island.

Taiwanese troops issued warnings, dispatched air force and navy patrols around the island, and activated land-based missile systems in response to Chinese exercises, the Pentagon said. As of 5 pm, around the Taiwan Strait, 20 Chinese aircraft and 14 ships are continuing their maritime and aerial exercises.

The ministry said the zone that China declared as an exclusion zone during other ship and aircraft exercises "had a serious blow to peace." He emphasized that Taiwanese troops did not seek war, but would respond accordingly.

The Chinese Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Saturday that it had carried out planned military exercises in the sea and airspace north, southwest and east. Taiwan is focusing on "testing its capabilities" of its land and sea attack systems.

China began live-fire exercises after Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this week, alleging that it violated the "One China" policy. China sees the island as a separate state that will be forcibly annexed as needed, and that foreign authorities' visits to Taiwan recognize its sovereignty.

Taiwanese troops also said they had detected four unmanned aerial vehicles flying near Kinmen's offshore county on Friday night and fired warning flares accordingly.

According to Taiwan's Kinmen Defense Command, four drones that Taiwan believed to be Chinese were found in the waters around the Kinmen Island Group and nearby Rieyu and Beading Island. ..

Kinmen, also known as Chemoy, is a group of islands just 10 km (6.2 miles) east of China's coastal city Xiamen in Fujian Province, Taiwan Strait.

"Our government&troops are closely monitoring China's military exercises&information warfare operations and are ready to respond if necessary," said the Taiwan Strait. President Tsai Ingwen said in a tweet.

"I call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan&Stop the deterioration of the security situation in the region," she added.

China's military exercises are expected to begin on Thursday and continue until Sunday. So far, the training has targeted the north and south seas of the island in response to the last major Chinese military exercises in 1995 and 1996 aimed at intimidating Taiwanese leaders and voters. Includes missile attacks against.

Taiwan was wary of the military and conducted civil defense training, but the United States deployed a number of naval assets in the region.

The Biden administration and Pelosi said the United States remains committed to its "one-China" policy. It recognizes Beijing as the Chinese government, but recognizes informal and defensive relations with Taipei. The administration was disappointed, but did not prevent Pelosi's visit.

China also terminated defense and climate change negotiations with the United States and imposed sanctions on Pelosi in retaliation for the visit.

On Friday, Pelosi said in Tokyo, the final destination of his Asian tour, that China could not isolate Taiwan by blocking US officials from traveling to Taiwan.

Pelosi has long defended human rights in China. She, along with other lawmakers, visited Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1991 to support democracy two years after the bloody military crackdown on protesters in the square.

Meanwhile, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency, a cyberattack aimed at shutting down Taiwan's Foreign Ministry website began Thursday, compared to a similar attack prior to Pelosi's visit. It doubled during Friday. The ministry did not identify the source of the attack.

According to the report, other ministries such as the Ministry of Interior faced similar attacks.

A distributed denial of service attack is intended to eventually crash a website and overload it with requests for information that makes it inaccessible to other users.

Also on Saturday, Central News Agency found Ou Yang Li-hsing, Deputy Secretary of the Taiwan Ministry of Defense's R & D unit, dead in a hotel room after having a heart attack. Reported that it was done. He was 57 years old and oversaw several missile manufacturing projects.

Reportedly, there were no signs of intrusion in his hotel room in the county of southeastern Pingtung, where he was on a business trip.

The Taiwanese overwhelmingly support maintaining the island's de facto independence and reject China's request for the island to unite with the mainland under communist rule.

Globally, most countries agree on a "one-China" policy. This is a requirement for maintaining diplomatic relations with Beijing.

Companies that do not recognize Taiwan as part of China often face a quick backlash, and Chinese consumers often promise to boycott their products.

On Friday, Snickers candy bar maker Mars Wrigley apologized after releasing a video and material featuring the Korean boy band BTS, who called Taiwan a country, from Chinese users. Received swift criticism.

In a statement about the Weibo account, the company expressed a "deep apology."

"Mars Wrigley respects China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and operates in strict compliance with local Chinese laws and regulations," the statement said.

In another post, the company added that "China has only one" and that "Taiwan is an integral part of China's territory."

  • Taiwan
  • US Congress
  • War
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • China
  • Drone
  • Asia
  • United States House of Representatives

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