Taiwan claims that China is carrying out a simulated attack on the main island | Taiwan

The Chinese army moved forward with its largest-ever military exercise, targeting Taiwan with what the island government called a simulated attack, including further midline incursions and drone flights over Taiwan’s outlying islands.

Western opposition to the Chinese fire exercise, launched in response to US House President Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week, continued, with condemnation from senior US officials and Australian and Japanese foreign ministers.

Beijing has loudly opposed Pelosi’s visit, which it claims violated the “One China Principle,” an internal policy that defines the government’s territorial claims against democratic and self-governing Taiwan. Beijing views Taiwan as part of China and has promised to “win it back” one day, and by force if necessary.

Over the weekend, Chinese diplomats continued their campaign to blame the US and accused Washington of causing chaos in the region.

Talking about “responsible” @StateDept, the US should have stopped #Pelosi's visit to #Taiwan and stop showing muscles at China’s doorsteps, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs,…

— Hua Chunying 华春莹 (@SpokespersonCHN) August 6, 2022


Speaking of “responsible” @StatedeptThe United States should have stopped #Hairyvisit in #Taiwan and stop showing your muscles at China’s doorstep, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, …

– Hua Chunying (@CHN Spokesperson) August 6, 2022

On Saturday, Taiwan’s defense ministry said it had watched People’s Liberation Army (PLA) planes and ships operating in the Taiwan Strait, believing them to simulate an attack on its main island.

“Lots of lots of Chinese communist planes and ships operating around the Taiwan Strait, some of which have crossed the centerline,” it wrote, referring to the unofficial border in the waters between China and Taiwan.

On Saturday, Taiwan also launched jets to deter 20 Chinese planes, including 14 that crossed the Taiwan Strait’s midline, Reuters reported, citing Taiwan’s defense ministry.

20 PLA aircraft (SU-30*10, J-16*4, J-11*4, Y-8 ASW and Y-20 Aerial Refueling) and 14 vessels conducted an air-sea operation on the surrounding area of R.O.C on August 6, 2022. Please check our official website for more information: https://t.co/Tj6C1y0WHR pic.twitter.com/apjMe6IYMn

— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022


20 PLA ​​aircraft (SU-30 * 10, J-16 * 4, J-11 * 4, Y-8 ASW and Y-20 Aerial Refueling) and 14 ships conducted an air-sea operation in the ROC 6, 2022 area in August. More information on our official website: https://t.co/Tj6C1y0WHR pic.twitter.com/apjMe6IYMn

– Ministry of National Defense, ROC 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

Chinese warships and drones simulated attacks on American and Japanese warships off Taiwan’s east coast and off Japanese islands, Reuters reported, citing sources.

Taiwan also said it fired flares over many nights to repel PLA drones flying over the Kinmen Islands and unidentified planes flying over the Matsu Islands. The island groups are located a few kilometers off the coast of mainland China.

The news of the exercise came as official Taiwanese media, the CNA, reported that Ou Yang Li-hsing, vice president of the Taiwan Ministry of Defense R&D unit, was found dead in a hotel room after a heart attack. He said there were no signs of trespassing the 57-year-old’s room and that his family said he had heart problems.

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The live fire exercise began Thursday, shortly after Pelosi left Taipei, and was directed to six large maritime areas surrounding Taiwan, including its territorial waters. It also included 11 ballistic missiles fired towards or over the main island of Taiwan, landing in the surrounding seas and in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

In recent days, PLA officials have praised their exercises, saying they demonstrate a blockade tactic that could one day be imposed on Taiwan.

Taiwan’s foreign minister on Friday defended Pelosi’s visit as “significant” in raising Taiwan’s profile as a democratic country. Joseph Wu told the BBC that Beijing was trying to change the status quo that Taiwan wanted to maintain.

“Taiwan has no jurisdiction over mainland China, and the People’s Republic of China has no jurisdiction over Taiwan. That’s the reality, ”Wu said, implying that Taipei invited Pelosi to visit.

A week of retaliation in Beijing also targeted the US, with sanctions on Pelosi and her family, and suspended or canceled key deals or cooperation, including climate crisis talks and efforts to ensure bilateral military communications.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday that China should not hold talks on important global issues such as a “hostage” to the climate crisis, adding to comments from US Climate Special Envoy John Kerry that he is not punishing. USA, but “punishes the world.”

Relations between China and the US and its allies deteriorated even further during the exercises. Analysts fear that deteriorating relationships could continue to wreak havoc in a shrinking global economy.

In a joint statement following a meeting on the sidelines of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Blinken and the foreign ministers of Australia and Japan, Penny Wong and Yoshimasa Hayashi, called on China to stop the exercise immediately and condemned the use of ballistic missiles.

Senior officials “expressed their concern about the recent actions of the People’s Republic of China, which are seriously affecting international peace and stability, including the conduct of large-scale military exercises.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov left the plenary session in Cambodia just as Hayashi spoke on Friday. Wang also called a rare press conference on Friday where he accused Blinken of spreading disinformation.

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The exercises around Taiwan are expected to end mainly on Sunday, but further exercises in the Yellow Sea are scheduled for early next week.

Taiwan also said it has fallen victim to cyberattacks this week, including the websites of the president’s office and foreign and defense ministries, as well as screens at 7-Eleven stores and at some train stations.

Wu Min-hsuan, head of the Taiwanese cyber-monitoring group Doublethink Labs, said there used to be serious concerns about the Chinese government’s cyber warfare, but the attacks this week were mild and highlighted weak digital links that Taiwan needed to address.

“They want to create an image that says your security is weak and we are powerful,” he said.

Like the global media, the people of Taiwan are closely following the events. But Li Ya Chen, a 35-year-old journalist who spent two years in Shanghai between 2017 and 2019, said that despite Beijing’s antagonistic response, people in Taiwan “were not too worried.”

“Pelosi’s visit last week showed that ultimately Taiwan wants good relations with the US, and her trip could help boost Taiwan’s international support. We are already used to Beijing’s fury and we are well aware of the danger, ”she said.

“The world thinks Taiwan is the most dangerous place on Earth right now, but for most of us, life goes on.”

Additional reporting by Rebecca Ratcliffe and agencies

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