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US Warns Mistakes Could Lead to Conflict

The United States has condemned China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan during major military exercises as an overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, urging Beijing to de-escalate tensions.

white house spokesman John Kirby said:

China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.

The temperature is quite high,” but tensions “can be lowered very easily just by having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military exercises,” he added.

In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Kirby said, “We’ve been watching this very, very closely.”

When asked if Pelosi’s trip triggered China’s military exercises, Kirby said:

The provocateur here is Beijing. They didn’t have to react this way to what is a completely normal trip for members of Congress to Taiwan… The Chinese are the ones escalating this.”

He also warned about the risk of calculating drills, saying: “One of the problematic things about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some kind of conflict. . ”

Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony blinked he said that Washington had contacted Beijing “at all levels of government” in recent days to ask for calm and stability.

I very much hope that Beijing does not fabricate a crisis or find a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh.

The United States has condemned China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan during major military drills as an overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, urging Beijing to reduce tensions.

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White House spokesperson John Kirby said:

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China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan strait.

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The temperature’s pretty high,” but tensions “can come down very easily by just having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military drills,” he added.

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In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Kirby said: “We’ve been watching this very, very closely.”

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When asked whether Pelosi’s trip triggered China’s military drills, Kirby said:

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The provocateur here is Beijing. They didn’t have to react this way to what is completely normal travel by congressional members to Taiwan… The Chinese are the ones who are escalating this.”

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He also warned the risk of calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the things that’s troublesome about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some sort of conflict.”

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US secretary of state Antony Blinken said Washington had contacted Beijing “at every level of government” in recent days to call for calm and stability.

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I hope very much that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from the 10-member Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) in Phnom Penh.

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Japan’s prime minister has condemned China’s firing of ballistic missiles during military drills around Taiwan, calling them a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens”.

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Five Chinese missiles appear to have fallen in the country’s exclusive economic zone, Tokyo has said, with four of those believed to have flown over Taiwan’s main island.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning:

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China’s actions this time around have a serious impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community.

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I told her that we have called for the immediate cancellation of the military drills.”

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Pelosi is in Tokyo for the final leg of an Asian tour that included a stop in Taiwan, infuriating Beijing, which has launched its largest-ever military drills around the self-ruled island in response.

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Tokyo has lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the military exercises, which began on Thursday.

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Parts of Japan’s southernmost Okinawa region are close to Taiwan, as are islets at the centre of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

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Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) extends up to 200 nautical miles from its coastline, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.

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Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s live coverage of tensions between China and Taiwan.

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I’m Samantha Lock and I will be bringing you all the latest developments.

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It is 9am in Beijing. Here is everything you might have missed:

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  • China is to begin its second day of unprecedented live-fire drills after launching huge military exercises in the air and seas around Taiwan on Thursday, including firing ballistic missiles close to the island some of which landed in Japanese waters.
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  • The exercises, which included rockets, attack helicopters and gunships, were arranged in reaction to a defiant visit to the island by the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday.
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  • The US condemned the missile launches. “China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby said.
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  • Kirby also warned of the risk of a mistake and calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the things that’s troublesome about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some sort of conflict.”
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  • US secretary of state Antony Blinken said he “hopes very much that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretence to increase its aggressive military action”.
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  • Foreign ministers from the 10-member Asean bloc, meeting in Cambodia this week, called for “maximum restraint”, without mentioning the US or China by name. In a statement it said the situation could lead to “serious confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among major powers”.
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  • Japan said at least five of the 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles fell into its exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 nautical miles (370km) from Japan’s coast.
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  • Japan also speculated that four missiles flew over Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, according to a statement issued by its US embassy.
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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry said the missiles flew high into the atmosphere and constituted no threat to the island.
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  • Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, urged Beijing to “act with reason and exercise restraint” while maintaining Taiwan would not escalate conflict but would “resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security & our democracy”.
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  • Foreign governments and multilateral groups including the G7 and the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) condemned the hostilities and called for calm.
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  • The drills were in unprecedented proximity to Taiwan, and included PLA warplane and navy vessel incursions over the median line of the Taiwan strait – an unofficial border between China and Taiwan.
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  • Notices of the exercises identified six areas encircling Taiwan, with warnings for all ships and aircraft to “not enter the relevant sea areas and airspace”. On Thursday, local media reported the last-minute announcement of a seventh. Some of the zones overlap with Taiwan’s territorial waters, and are near key shipping ports.
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  • Several cyber-attacks also struck Taiwan, targeting websites of the defence ministry, the foreign ministry and the presidential office.
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  • Beijing’s Taiwan affairs office said the dispute was an internal affair. “Our punishment of pro-Taiwan independence diehards, external forces, is reasonable, lawful,” it said.
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the The US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan has reportedly retired after the Beijing army established a firing range in eastern Taiwan.

The South China Morning Post reports that a military official from the mainland confirmed the news.

Earlier on Thursday, White House spokesman John Kirby said the Pentagon had directed the carrier group to “remain on station in the general area to monitor the situation.”

According to a Chinese military-backed research group, the South China Sea Survey Initiative, the Reagan was about 600 miles (1,000 km) east of Taiwan on Wednesday.

However, Meng Xiangqing, a professor at the National Defense University, was quoted by Chinese state broadcaster CGTV as saying that Beijing had set up its firing range to the east of the island for the first time and that the USS Ronald Reagan had withdrawn. since then a few hundred kilometers

The US Navy has not confirmed the reports.

Former Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaominghas made some bold claims against the G7 countries this morning.

If the G7 countries really care about peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, they should have urged the US from the beginning not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against China. Before Pelosi’s visit, those countries played dumb and didn’t say a word.”

If the #G7 countries truly care about peace & stability in the #Taiwan Strait, they should have urged the #US early on not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against #China. Before #Pelosi’s visit, those countries played dumb & did not say a word.

— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) August 5, 2022

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If he #G7 countries really care about peace and stability in the #Taiwan Strait, they should have urged the #U.S ready not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against #Porcelain. Before #FurryDuring the visit, those countries played dumb and didn’t say a word.

— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) August 5, 2022

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has called on Beijing to “act with reason and exercise restraint.”

With China launching military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with reason and exercise restraint.

Taiwan will not escalate the conflict, but we will resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security and our democracy.”

With China initiating military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with reason & exercise restraint. Taiwan will not escalate conflict, but we will resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security & our democracy.https://t.co/CXNli5bTWG

— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 4, 2022

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With China launching military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with reason and exercise restraint. Taiwan will not escalate the conflict, but we will resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security, and our democracy.https://t.co/CXNli5bTWG

— Interview with Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 4, 2022

US Warns Mistakes Could Lead to Conflict

The United States has condemned China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan during major military exercises as an overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, urging Beijing to de-escalate tensions.

white house spokesman John Kirby said:

China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.

The temperature is quite high,” but tensions “can be lowered very easily just by having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military exercises,” he added.

In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Kirby said, “We’ve been watching this very, very closely.”

When asked if Pelosi’s trip triggered China’s military exercises, Kirby said:

The provocateur here is Beijing. They didn’t have to react this way to what is a completely normal trip for members of Congress to Taiwan… The Chinese are the ones escalating this.”

He also warned about the risk of calculating drills, saying: “One of the problematic things about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some kind of conflict. . ”

Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony blinked he said that Washington had contacted Beijing “at all levels of government” in recent days to ask for calm and stability.

I very much hope that Beijing does not fabricate a crisis or find a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh.

Chinese missiles ‘affect our national security’: Japan PM

Japan’s prime minister has condemned China’s launch of ballistic missiles during military exercises in Taiwan, calling it a “serious issue affecting our national security and the safety of our citizens.”

Five Chinese missiles appear to have landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone, Tokyo said, and four of them are believed to have flown over the main island of Taiwan.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning:

China’s actions this time have a serious impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community.

I told him that we have asked for the immediate cancellation of the military exercises.”

Pelosi is in Tokyo for the final leg of an Asian tour that included a stop in Taiwan, angering Beijing, which has launched its largest-ever military exercises around the self-governing island in response.

Tokyo lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the military exercises, which began on Thursday.

Parts of Japan’s southernmost Okinawa region are close to Taiwan, as are the islets at the center of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) extends up to 200 nautical miles from its coast, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome back to The Guardian’s live coverage of China-Taiwan tensions.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll bring you the latest developments.

It is 9 o’clock in the morning in Beijing. Here’s everything you may have missed:

  • China to start second day of unprecedented live-fire drills after launching huge air and sea military exercises around Taiwan on Thursday, including launching ballistic missiles near the island, some of which landed in Japanese waters.
  • The exercises, which included rockets, attack helicopters and gunshipsthey were organized in reaction to a defiant visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday.
  • The US condemned the missile launches. “China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby said.
  • Kirby also warned of the risk of an error and calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the problematic things about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the calculation risk, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some kind of conflict.”
  • Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony Blinken said he “very much hopes that Beijing does not fabricate a crisis or look for a pretext to increase their aggressive military action”.
  • chancellors of the ASEAN bloc of 10 membersmeeting in Cambodia this week, He called for “maximum restraint”, without mentioning the US or China by name. In a statement, he said the situation could lead to “serious confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among the major powers.”
  • Japan said at least five of the 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles fell in its exclusive economic zone.which extends 200 nautical miles (370 km) from the coast of Japan.
  • Japan also speculated that four missiles flew over TaipeiTaiwan’s capital, according to a statement issued by its US embassy.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the missiles flew high in the atmosphere and did not pose a threat. to the island.
  • Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen urged Beijing to “act with reason and restraint” while keeping Taiwan would not escalate the conflict but “resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security and our democracy.”
  • Foreign governments and multilateral groups including the G7 and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) condemned the hostilities and called for calm.
  • The drills were in unprecedented proximity to Taiwan, and included incursions by PLA fighter jets and navy ships over the median line of the Taiwan Strait, an unofficial border between China and Taiwan.
  • Notices of identified exercises six areas surrounding Taiwan, with warnings for all ships and aircraft not to enter the corresponding maritime areas and airspace. On Thursday, local media reported the last minute announcement of a seventh. Some of the zones overlap with Taiwan’s territorial waters and are close to key shipping ports.
  • Several cyber attacks also hit Taiwan.targeting websites of the defense ministry, the foreign ministry, and the presidential office.
  • Beijing’s Taiwan affairs office said the dispute was an internal matter. “Our punishment of pro-Taiwan hardliners, outside forces, is reasonable, legal,” he said.

China to start second day of unprecedented live-fire drills
China to start second day of unprecedented live-fire drills

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