China’s planes, ships staged attack drills, Taiwan says – live news | Taiwan

The deputy head of Taiwan defence ministry’s research and development unit has been found dead in hotel in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, according to the official Central News Agency.

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Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57. The cause of his death is unknown, CNA reported.

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Ou Yang, who was in charge various missile production projects, had been on a business trip to Pingtung.

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The military-owned body is working to more than double its yearly missile production capacity to close to 500 this year, as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as China’s growing military threat, according to Reuters.

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Taiwan’s defence ministry has said that some Chinese aircraft and ships carried out simulation attack exercises towards the main Taiwan Island on Saturday, Reuters senior correspondent in Taipei Yimou Lee has tweeted.

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Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.

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#TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY: SOME OF THE CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CARRIED OUT SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS THE MAIN TAIWAN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

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Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s continuing live coverage of the Taiwan crisis. Here’s a summary of the latest developments as it passes 10.30am in Taipei.

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  • The US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers have urged China to immediately cease military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement after meeting in Phnom Penh on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers’ gathering, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and the foreign ministers of Australia and Japan, Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa, “expressed their concern about the People’s Republic of China’s recent actions that gravely affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises”. They also “condemned the PRC’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which the Japanese government reported landed in its exclusive economic zones, raising tension and destabilising the region”.
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  • The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, walked out of a plenary session in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi, spoke on Friday. Wang called a rare news conference late on Friday, where he accused the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, of spreading misinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “contemptible farce” and stressed China’s military response to it was “firm, forceful and appropriate”.
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  • The US special envoy on climate change John Kerry said China’s decision to suspend bilateral talks on climate change with the US does not punish Washington, “it punishes the world”. “No country should withhold progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” said the former US secretary of state, who is currently the Biden administration’s top climate diplomat. US national security council spokesperson, John Kirby, also told reporters that China’s decision to halt cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
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  • Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, said Chinese military drills near Taiwan, were a threat to regional security. Beijing announced four days of drills that are expected to finish on Sunday. The drills are a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters, speaking after a meeting with the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in Tokyo on Friday.
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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Friday the island’s military had dispatched aircraft and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor ships and aircraft that briefly crossed the Taiwan strait median line. On Thursday, China fired multiple missiles into waters surrounding Taiwan. The defence ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. It gave no details of their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns. Taiwan also said it scrambled jets on Friday to warn away 49 Chinese aircraft in its air defence zone, according to Reuters. All 49 Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan strait median line, the ministry said in a statement.
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  • North Korea has denounced Nancy Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability”, after the US House speaker expressed her commitment during a visit to South Korea to achieving the North’s denuclearisation.
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  • China has “historically been a victim of foreign aggression”, its foreign ministry spokesperson said. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said: “China had historically been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the US still grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and attempts to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time.”
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Leading Taiwan missile-producing official found dead in hotel

The deputy head of Taiwan’s defense ministry’s research and development unit was found dead at a hotel in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, according to the official Central News Agency.

Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy director of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57 years old. His cause of death is unknown, CNA reported.

Ou Yang, who was in charge of various missile production projects, had been on a business trip to Pingtung.

The military-owned body is working to more than double its annual missile production capacity to about 500 this year, as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as a growing military threat from China, according to Reuters. .

Agence France-Presse reports a few more lines of North Korea’s comments on Pelosi’s trip to Asia.

She visited Seoul and the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, or the Inter-Korean Joint Security Area, earlier this week. Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo called for “strong and extended deterrence against North Korea” and vowed to support Washington and Seoul’s efforts to achieve Pyongyang’s denuclearization. .

The North denounced Pelosi on Saturday for her discussions with Kim and her visit to the JSA and Taiwan, AFP reports:

In addition to deterrence talks, Pelosi “made her appearance even in the Panmunjom Joint Security Area, completely betraying the view of the current US administration’s hostile policy towards the DPRK,” said Jo Yong Sam, North Korean foreign official. ministry, using the official name of the North.

“The United States is only adding fuel to the fire,” Jo added in a statement carried by the official Pyongyang-based Korean Central News Agency. China is the North’s main ally and trading partner, and Pyongyang also criticized Pelosi for his visit to Taiwan.

“Pelosi, the worst destroyer of international peace and stability… provoked the anger of the Chinese people by her recent trip to Taiwan,” the foreign ministry’s Jo said in the statement.

“The United States will have to pay a heavy price for all the sources of trouble generated by her wherever she has gone.”

The North’s rebuke comes about a week after Kim Jong Un said his country was “ready to mobilize” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul.

North Korea has conducted a record barrage of weapons tests so far this year, including launching a full-range ICBM for the first time since 2017.

Some additional details from Taiwan’s defense ministry on what it describes here as a “possible simulated attack”.

Taiwan’s military used patrol boats and land-based missiles to deal with the situation, it says.

Multiple PLA craft were detected around Taiwan Strait, some have crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCArmedForces have utilized alert broadcast, aircraft in CAP, patrolling naval vessels, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.

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

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Multiple PLA ships were detected around the Taiwan Strait, some have crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ArmedForcesROCA have used alert broadcasts, CAP aircraft, naval patrol boats, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.

— Ministry of National Defense, Republic of China 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

Chinese aircraft, ships conduct attack simulation exercises

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said some Chinese planes and ships carried out simulated attack exercises towards the main island of Taiwan on Saturday, Reuters Senior Taipei Correspondent Yimou Lee tweeted.

Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.

#TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY: SOME OF THE CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CARRIED OUT SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS THE MAIN TAIWAN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

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#TAIWAN DEFENSE MINISTRY: SOME OF THE CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CARRIED OUT ATTACK SIMULATION EXERCISES TOWARD TAIWAN’S MAIN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly also urged China to stop its military actions in the air and seas around Taiwan.

“Canada is deeply concerned about missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China into Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security,” he said in a statement on Twitter.

Canada is deeply concerned by the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We strongly urge the PRC to halt its coercive military and economic actions.

— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

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Canada is deeply concerned about missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China at Taiwan and at Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We strongly urge the People’s Republic of China to stop its coercive military and economic actions.

— Melanie Joly (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met this morning with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacañang Palace in Manila.

Blinken reportedly said that relations between their two countries were extraordinary, founded on friendship, and said that Washington was committed to their joint defense pact.

Marcos Jr said that the current geopolitical context showed the importance of such ties. Marcos Jr also said that he did not believe that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan had increased the intensity of the conflict in the region. “It just showed it, how intense that conflict has been,” he said, as reported by GMA News Online.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken now in Malacañang for his meeting with President Bongbong Marcos Jr. 📸: MPC POOL @gmanews @gmanewsbreaking pic.twitter.com/njxmYumEjF

— 👑Anna Felicia (@annafelicia_) August 6, 2022

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The chairman of this week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings said on Saturday that discussions between foreign ministers over Taiwan tensions had been lively and included some strong arguments, but disputes were better handled. with words, reports Reuters.

Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia’s foreign minister, said he told a meeting of foreign ministers that they should have calm, dignified, polite and civilized discussions.

“The most important thing is that we keep talking to each other,” he told a news conference.

Earlier this week, ASEAN foreign ministers called for “maximum restraint” regarding the Taiwan Strait, warning that the situation could lead to “serious confrontations, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among major powers.”

Summary

Hello and welcome to The Guardian’s continuing live coverage of the Taiwan crisis. Here’s a roundup of the latest happenings as 10:30am passes in Taipei.

  • The foreign ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan have urged China to immediately cease military exercises in Taiwan.. In a joint statement after meeting in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers’ meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the foreign ministers of Australia and Japan’s Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa “expressed concern over recent actions by the People’s Republic of China that seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises.” They also “condemned the launch of ballistic missiles by the People’s Republic of China, five of which, according to the Japanese government, fell in its exclusive economic zones, increasing tension and destabilizing the region.”
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov left a plenary session in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat Yoshimasa Hayashi was speaking on Friday. Wang called a rare news conference on Friday night, in which he accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of spreading misinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “despicable charade” and stressed that China’s military response was “firm, forceful and appropriate.”
  • US special envoy for climate change John Kerry said China’s decision to suspend bilateral climate change talks with the US does not punish Washington, “it punishes the world.””. “No country should withhold progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” said the former US secretary of state, who is currently the top climate diplomat in the Biden administration. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby also told reporters that China’s decision to halt cooperation in several critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible.”
  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Chinese military exercises near Taiwan were a threat to regional security.. Beijing announced four days of drills that are expected to end on Sunday. The drills are a “serious issue that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters, speaking after a meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Tokyo. on Friday.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Friday that the island’s military has dispatched aircraft and ships and deployed ground-based missile systems to monitor ships and aircraft. which briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait. On Thursday, China fired multiple missiles into the waters surrounding Taiwan. The Defense Ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. He did not give details of their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns. Taiwan also said it sent planes on Friday to warn 49 Chinese planes in its air defense zone, according to Reuters. All 49 Chinese planes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a statement.
  • North Korea has denounced Nancy Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability.”after the speaker of the US House of Representatives expressed her commitment during a visit to South Korea to achieve the denuclearization of the North.
  • China has been “historically the victim of foreign aggression,” said a spokesman for its foreign ministry. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said: “Historically, China has been the victim of foreign aggression. Today, the US still seriously interferes in China’s internal affairs and tries to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time.”

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