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China sanctions Pelosi, sends 'unprecedented' 100 fighter jets to Taiwan exercises

BEIJING — China said on Friday that more than 100 fighter jets and more than 10 warships had taken part in live-fire military exercises around Taiwan over the past two days, telling the US House of Representatives. announced sanctions against Chairman Nancy. Pelosi visited the autonomous islands earlier this week.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Friday that fighters, bombers, destroyers and frigates were all used in a "joint blockade operation" in her six zones off the coast of Taiwan. . area.

The military's Eastern Theater Command also launched a new version of the missile that it said hit an unidentified target in the Taiwan Strait "precisely."

These included projectiles fired into the Pacific Ocean over Taiwan, a military officer told state media. The drills, described as being "on scale", are China's response to President Pelosi's visit to Taiwan this week. She is the highest-ranking US politician to visit Taiwan in her 25 years.

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China announced unspecified sanctions against Pelosi and her family. Such sanctions are generally mostly symbolic in nature.

Ms Pelosi ignored China's serious concerns and firmly opposed her visit, according to a statement from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. China called Pelosi's visit provocative and said it undermined China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

China opposes Taiwan's independent engagement with foreign governments.

On the coast of China opposite Taiwan, tourists flocked on Friday to catch a glimpse of military planes heading to the training grounds.

Fighters can be heard flying overhead, and tourists can take pictures from the popular scenic spot of Pingtan Island overlooking the blue waters of the Taiwan Strait and shouting "Take back Taiwan!" I was taking pictures.

China's claim that Taiwan is its own territory and that it will use force to bring it under its control has been the subject of Communist Party propaganda, the education system, and the wholly state-owned It has been heavily featured in dominating the media.

Islanders overwhelmingly support the status quo of de facto independence, rejecting China's demands to unify Taiwan with the mainland under Communist rule.

On Friday morning, China sent warships and fighter jets across the Taiwan Strait midline, Taiwan's defense ministry said, marking the first unofficial exchange between China and Taiwan for decades. crossed what had been a buffer zone for

Since military exercises began on Thursday, five of the missiles launched by China have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone off Hateruma, far south of Japan's main island, defense officer Nobuo Kishi said. the minister said. He said Japan protested the missile landing in China as a "serious threat to Japan's national security and the safety of the Japanese people."

Japan's defense ministry later said it believed four of his other missiles, launched from China's southeastern coast of Fujian, had passed over Taiwan.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that China's military drills targeting Taiwan were a "grave problem" threatening peace and security in the region.

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In Tokyo, where Pelosi has completed her Asia trip, she said China cannot stop US officials from visiting Taiwan. Kishida, who met with Pelosi and congressional delegations after breakfast, said the missile launches had to be "immediately stopped."

China said it had summoned European diplomats in the country to protest statements by her G7 countries and his EU criticizing the threat of Chinese military exercises around Taiwan.

On Friday, the Foreign Ministry said Vice Minister Deng Li had made a "solemn statement" over what he called "vicious interference in China's internal affairs."

Deng said China will "do everything possible, at all costs, with the strongest determination to prevent the country from splitting up."

"Ms. Pelosi's visit to Taiwan is a blatant political manipulation and a blatant and serious violation of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Deng said. "China's counterattack against US-Taiwan collusion and provocation is natural."

China's foreign ministry said the meeting took place on Thursday night, but did not provide information on which countries attended. did not provide. Earlier Thursday, China canceled a foreign ministers' meeting with Japan, protesting her G7 statement that the exercises were unjustified.

Both ministers were present at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia.

China previously summoned US Ambassador Nicholas Burns to protest Mr Pelosi's visit. The speaker left Taiwan on Wednesday after holding a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and other public events. She continued her journey to South Korea and then to Japan. Both countries host US military bases and could be embroiled in conflict involving Taiwan.

China's navy, air force, Rocket Force, Strategic Support Force, and Logistics Support Force are participating in the exercises, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Believed to be the largest geographically held near Taiwan, Beijing has announced her six exercise zones surrounding the island.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Thursday of the exercise: We nations around the world believe that escalation serves no one and can have unintended consequences that benefit no one.

US law requires the government to treat threats to Taiwan, including blockades, as matters of "serious concern."

The exercises are scheduled to run Thursday through Sunday, and will be held on Taiwan as an echo of the last major Chinese military exercise aimed at intimidating Taiwan's leaders and voters. missile attacks on sea targets north and south of the United States. 1995 and 1996.

Taiwan put its military on alert and conducted civil defense drills, but the overall mood on Friday remained calm. Flights have been canceled or diverted and fishermen are staying in ports to avoid Chinese drills.

At North Harbor in Keelung, 63-year-old Rikukawao said he was safe and enjoyed a Thursday morning swim.

"People want money, not bullets," Lou said.

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