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China suspends military, climate ties with US, sanctions Pelosi in rage over Taiwan visit

Rhoda Kwan

Rhoda Kwan is a Taipei-based journalist.

The Taiwan Ministry of Defense has neither confirmed nor denied that the missile flew over Taiwan. If so, it would be the first time a Chinese missile flew over an autonomous island.

The Pentagon has accused the exercise of being "very provocative."

"The Ministry of Defense has pointed out that Chinese military exercises are very provocative, whether they launch ballistic missiles or intentionally cross the centerline of the strait." The Ministry of Defense military newspaper reported on Friday. The ministry said it promised not to make the situation worse.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also blamed China's ongoing training on Friday and called them "significant escalations."

"China has chosen to overreact and use Pelosi's visit as an excuse to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait," Brinken said in Southeast Asian countries. Said in a media briefing at a meeting with the Union. Cambodia

"There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate, escalating military response."

Training that began on Thursday is expected to continue until Sunday.

The Chinese Communist Party has never ruled Taiwan, but claims Taiwan as its territory. China's President Nishi Jinping sees "unification" with Taiwan's mainland as a historic necessity, but recent polls show that the majority of Taiwanese do not want to participate.

China has repeatedly warned the United States of its visit, stating that it "seriously violates China's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The White House states that the speaker's visit is in line with US policy on Taiwan and should not be used to cause a crisis.

On Thursday night, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen told China, "Take reasonable actions." We support democratic Taiwan in the international community, and these unilateral irrational military forces. We call on the exercises to be stopped, "she said in a statement on the official Facebook page.

Taiwan's neighbors and US allies in the region have expressed growing concern about the indication of China's aggression.

Japan urged China to stop training immediately on Friday. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, "Regional and international community."

Beijing defended the military exercise, stating that it was "in line with international law and practice."

You mentioned the exclusive econ "Omic Zone", but the Japanese side also needs to know that China and Japan have not yet defined the relevant sea areas. The Chinese Foreign Ministry told the news briefing.