Chinese maneuvers: 100 warplanes, 10 destroyers and frigates are participating, and Taiwan is pushing planes and ships and deploying missile systems on the ground

Chinese maneuvers: 100 warplanes, 10 destroyers and frigates are participating, and Taiwan is pushing planes and ships and deploying missile systems on the ground

Chinese missiles flew over Taiwan during Beijing’s recent military exercises around the island in response to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, while Taiwan sent aircraft and ships and deployed missile systems to monitor the situation.

Beijing has not yet officially confirmed whether the missiles flew over the island during the exercises, while Taipei has refused to confirm or deny this for intelligence reasons.

But the Japanese Defense Ministry said that of the 9 missiles it had detected, “4 are believed to have flown over the main island of Taiwan”.

Chinese state media published a tag in the form of a question, “What does it mean for the passage of conventional missiles of the People’s Liberation Army over the island of Taiwan?”, which attracted about 43.7 million views on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the army “launched more than 100 warplanes, including fighters and bombers” during the exercises, in addition to “more than 10 destroyers and frigates.”

Al-Jazeera correspondent Nasser Abdel-Haq said that 100 Chinese warplanes carried out air sorties near Taiwan and conducted military maneuvers simulating the restoration of the island.

Five missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, prompting Tokyo to lodge a strong protest through diplomatic channels.

Tokyo, one of Washington’s closest allies, is increasingly concerned about China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific region and the possibility of Beijing’s military action against Taiwan.

Taiwan sends planes and ships to monitor the situation

In response to China’s maneuvers, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Friday that the military has dispatched aircraft, ships and land-based missile systems to monitor the situation, while China conducts large-scale military exercises in areas surrounding Taiwan.

Several Chinese ships and aircraft crossed the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait on Friday morning, the ministry added, describing Beijing’s military activities as very provocative.

The Defense Ministry added that Taiwan’s army will prepare combat readiness but will not seek war.

In this context, Taiwan Prime Minister Su Tsing-chang said Friday that the island’s “evil neighbor” is displaying its power “at our door,” referring to China’s military exercises around Taiwan this week.

When asked about China’s missile launches, Su told reporters in the capital, Taipei, that they are arbitrarily destroying the world’s most used waterway through military exercises. He said that neighboring countries and the world condemn China’s actions.

Chinese protest

On the political and diplomatic level, China’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that it has lodged solemn representations with relevant European countries and EU envoys over the Taiwan-related statements made by G7 foreign ministers and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The ministry said in a statement that Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li submitted the diplomatic complaints on Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Pelosi’s visit was provocative and undermined peace and security, and that 160 countries considered the visit provocative and violated the one-China principle. She stressed that what is happening in Ukraine cannot be compared with what is happening in Taiwan.

The Chinese ambassador to the United States also described – in an opinion article published in the “Washington Post” – the tour of Nasi Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, as publicly breaking the US commitment not to develop official relations with Taiwan.

The diplomat called on Washington to adhere to the one-China principle, as it considers itself the champion of a rules-based international order.

The Chinese ambassador accused the United States of unilaterally trying to change the status quo in Taiwan and using Taiwan as a means to contain China.

The Chinese diplomat suggested that Taiwan would be one of the very few issues that could push China and the United States into conflict.

Pelosi: We will not allow Taiwan to be impeached

On the other hand, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced during a press conference in Tokyo Friday, that the United States “will not allow” China to isolate Taiwan.

“They will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from going there,” Pelosi said. “We have had high-level visits … and we will not allow them to isolate Taiwan.”

“We have said from the beginning that our representation here is not about changing the status quo here in Asia, or changing the status quo in Taiwan,” she added.

“It’s about the Taiwan Relations Act, the US-Chinese policy, all the legislation and agreements that established what our relationship is. It’s about bringing peace to the Taiwan Strait and making the status quo prevail,” she said.

Pelosi praised Taiwan’s “great democracy” and its “thriving economy.”

Pelosi and a congressional delegation are visiting Japan on the last leg of an Asian tour that included a surprise short transit to Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing considers its own.

For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today, Friday, that China’s launch of missiles around Taiwan is a disproportionate and unjustified escalation, and that the United States has repeatedly made it clear to China that it is not seeking a crisis.

Blinken told a news conference on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum that China would not provoke his country, adding that “there is no possible justification for what they did.”

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