- Taiwan downplays concerns
- China conducts unprecedented military exercises in Taiwan
- Follows US House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taipei
- China says it will sanction Pelosi for ‘ruthless’ actions
- Pelosi in Japan Joins Prime Minister Kishida in Condemning China
TAIPEI, Aug 5 (Reuters) – China’s missile launch during military exercises around Taiwan was an unwarranted escalation, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, as Beijing said it would impose sanctions on the president. of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, for visiting the island.
Diplomatic ties dipped further on Friday as China’s foreign ministry continued to say it would cancel talks between US and Chinese military leaders and suspend bilateral talks on climate and maritime security. read more
Blinken said Washington has repeatedly made it clear to Beijing that it is not seeking a crisis, as diplomatic wrangling continued over Pelosi’s visit this week to the self-governing island that Beijing considers its sovereign territory.
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“There is no justification for this extreme, disproportionate and escalated military response,” Blinken said, speaking at a news conference during the ASEAN Regional Forum in Cambodia. He added, “now, they have taken dangerous acts to a new level.”
China launched its largest-ever military exercises in the seas and skies around Taiwan on Thursday, a day after Pelosi angered Beijing by making a solidarity trip to the island, the highest-profile American visitor to Taiwan in 25 years. Live fire drills are scheduled to continue until noon Sunday.
On Friday, China’s military held air and sea exercises in northern, southwestern and eastern Taiwan “to test the troops’ joint combat capabilities,” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command said in a statement. a statement on his official Weibo account. bill.
Blinken stressed that the United States would not take action to provoke a crisis, but would continue to support regional allies and conduct standard air and sea transit through the Taiwan Strait.
“We will fly, sail and operate where international law allows,” he said.
The White House summoned Chinese ambassador Qin Gang on Thursday to condemn the escalation of actions against Taiwan, the Washington Post reported.
State Department representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on China’s breakdown of the talks or the report that Washington had summoned Beijing’s ambassador.
China’s Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that it would impose sanctions on Pelosi and her immediate family in response to their “ruthless” and “provocative” actions. read more
“Despite China’s serious concerns and strong opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs, undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, trampling on the one-China policy, and threatening peace.” and the stability of the Taiwan Strait”. the Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement. read more
The Foreign Ministry said it was also suspending cooperation on cross-border crime prevention and the fight against drugs, and cooperation on the repatriation of illegal immigrants.
Speaking in Japan, Pelosi said her trip to Asia was never about changing the regional status quo. read more
‘THE EVIL NEIGHBOR’
Some 10 Chinese navy ships and 20 military aircraft briefly crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait on Friday morning, a Taiwanese source briefed on the matter told Reuters. read more
Earlier, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the island’s military had sent planes and ships and deployed ground-based missile systems to monitor the situation there.
On Thursday, China fired multiple missiles into the waters surrounding Taiwan in an unprecedented escalation during live-fire exercises.
Japan’s Defense Ministry, which is following the exercises, reported for the first time that as many as four of the missiles flew over the Taiwanese capital. It also said that five of the nine missiles fired at its territory landed in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), also for the first time, prompting a diplomatic protest from Tokyo.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and did not pose a threat. He did not give details of their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns.
Some Taipei residents, including Mayor Ko Wen-je, criticized the government for not issuing a missile alert, but a security expert said that might have been done to avoid stoking panic and playing into China’s hands.
“It counteracted the effect of the Chinese Communist Party’s psychological warfare,” said Mei Fu-shin, an analyst in the United States. “The shock and fear were not as great as they could have been.”
Asked to comment on the missiles, Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang did not respond directly, but referred to China as the “evil neighbor showing his power at our doorstep.” read more
“From my point of view, the biggest threat is that China is staging a blockade, showing that it can block Taiwan’s ports and airports and prevent shipping,” said Bonnie Glaser, a Washington-based Asia security specialist. in the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
In response to the Chinese drills, President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan would not provoke conflicts but would firmly defend its sovereignty and national security.
Taiwan has been self-governing since 1949, when Mao Zedong’s communists seized power in Beijing after defeating Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (KMT) nationalists in a civil war, prompting the KMT-led government to withdraw. to the island.
Beijing has said that its relations with Taiwan are an internal matter. It says it reserves the right to bring Taiwan under Chinese control, by force if necessary.
In Tokyo, Pelosi addressed the diplomatic furor caused by the congressional delegation’s week-long trip to Asia, and more specifically Taiwan.
“We have said from the beginning that our representation here is not about changing the status quo in Taiwan or in the region,” he told a news conference after meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
“I informed Speaker Pelosi that the fact that China’s ballistic missiles have landed near Japanese waters, including the EEZ, threatens our national security and that Japan strongly condemned such actions,” Kishida said.
China’s foreign ministry said it had summoned Japan’s ambassador and a Canadian diplomat to Beijing on Thursday over an “erroneous” statement by the Group of Seven (G7) on Taiwan, and also lodged complaints with EU envoys. .
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Reporting by Yimou Lee and Sarah Wu in Taipei Additional reporting by Elaine Lies and Tim Kelly in Tokyo, Greg Torode in Hong Kong, Ann Wang in Liuqiu Island; Susan Heavey in Washington; Written by Tony Munroe, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Simon Cameron-Moore, and Frances Kerry Edited by Mark Heinrich, Frances Kerry, and Toby Chopra
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