Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has neither confirmed nor denied that the missiles flew over Taiwan. If true, it would be the first time Chinese missiles have flown over the self-ruled island.
The Defense Ministry described the exercise as “highly stimulating”.
“The Ministry of National Defense reported that the Chinese military’s military exercises, whether it is launching ballistic missiles or deliberately crossing the midline of the strait, are highly provocative acts,” the military news agency reported on Friday. Committed not to escalate the situation.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned China’s ongoing exercise on Friday, calling it a “significant increase”.
Blinken told a media briefing during a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia, “China has tried to end Speaker Pelosi’s visit and use the pretext of increasing provocative military activity in and around the Strait of Taiwan. Chosen for.”
“There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and provocative military response.”
The exercise, which began on Thursday, is expected to continue till Sunday.
The Communist Party of China has never ruled Taiwan, but claims it as its territory. While Chinese President Xi Jinping sees Taiwan’s “reunification” with the mainland as a historical imperative, recent opinion polls show that the majority of Taiwanese people have no desire to be part of China, and its Instead of maintaining the status quo.
China has repeatedly warned the US against the visit, which it said is a “serious violation of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The White House says the speaker’s visit was in line with US policy on Taiwan and should not be used to create a crisis.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called on China on Thursday evening to “act with reason and exercise restraint”. “We call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan and stop these unilateral, irrational military exercises,” it said in a statement on its official Facebook page.
Taiwan’s neighbors and US allies in the region have expressed growing concern about China’s displays of aggression.
Japan on Friday called on China to immediately stop its exercises. “China’s actions this time have had a serious impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said.
Beijing defended the military exercises, saying they were “in line with international law and international practice.”
“As you mentioned the ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’, you should be aware, and the Japanese side should also be aware that China and Japan have not yet demarcated the relevant waters, hence the ‘Exclusive Economic Zone of Japan. ‘ There’s no such thing.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying told a news briefing.