August 12, 2022

The ministry said some planes and ships crossed the sensitive midline in the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the Chinese mainland.

“Our military has issued warnings in response to the situation, deploying combat air patrols and naval ships and active land-based missile systems,” the ministry said.

The statement did not clarify how many Chinese planes and ships were traced.

The Chinese military has yet to issue a statement on the purpose of Saturday’s exercise.

follows a series of news military drills China has worked around Taiwan since Thursday, following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to the self-governing democratic island earlier this week.
Thoughts of the Chinese Communist Party Taiwan as its territory, despite never controlling it, and has long vowed to “reunify” the island with the Chinese mainland – by force if necessary.
China sends warships and jets closer to Taiwan and issues alert to Japan as tensions rise

Pelosi ignored fierce opposition to his trip by landing in Taipei on Tuesday evening, which ended with a final stop in Japan on Friday as part of a larger Asia tour.

But the full effects of his visit are only now coming to the fore, with China intensifying military exercises in the skies and waters around Taiwan and halting cooperation with the US on a variety of issues.

According to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, 68 Chinese warplanes were reported in the Taiwan Strait on Friday. 49 of them entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone – a buffer of airspace commonly referred to as the ADIZ. This was just a few aircraft fewer than the previous year’s record when 56 Chinese warplanes entered the ADIZ on the same day.

Nineteen warplanes also crossed the midline dividing the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the ministry said.

On Thursday, China launched 11 ballistic missiles – some of which flew over the island of Taiwan and landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, prompting Tokyo to file a formal complaint with Beijing. This was the first time China had sent missiles over the island.

Also on Thursday, two Chinese drones took off near Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, prompting the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force to fire fighters in response.

According to Chinese state media, the exercise will last until Sunday local time in Beijing.

diplomatic outcome

The deteriorating situation in the Taiwan Strait has created a diplomatic storm with China lashing out Against countries that have criticized its practices and some regional powers have called for de-escalation.

Tensions ran high at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting in Cambodia this week, where members were originally expected to discuss three main topics: the Myanmar crisis, the South China Sea and the war in Ukraine.

But Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan presented “a fourth hot stone … that has led to heated discussions about cross-strait relations,” Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Praak Sokhon said at a news conference in Phnom Penh on Saturday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken both attended the ASEAN meeting; Wang on Thursday called Pelosi’s visit a “bankruptcy” of American politics and credibility, calling it “manic, irresponsible and highly irrational behaviour.”

A day later, when Beijing fired its missiles at Taiwan, Blinken said that China “choose to end Speaker Pelosi’s visit and use the pretext of increasing provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.”

On Saturday, Sokhon described the meeting as lively, saying that he had to call all the ministers to speak in a calm, dignified, polite, civilized and diplomatic manner.

“There were strong arguments, but in our opinion, it is better that we exchange words by less friendly means,” he said.

Japan and other G7 economies have urged China to halt its military exercises and maintain the status quo in the region.

Beijing has ignored those calls. Instead, it has responded by canceling future phone calls between Chinese and US defense leaders and annual naval meetings between the two countries. It has also canceled planned meetings between Chinese and Japanese officials.

China has also summoned ambassadors from the US, Japan and various European countries.

On Friday, China’s foreign ministry announced a series of retaliatory actions against the US, including sanctions against Pelosi and his immediate family.

Military exercise houses China's relentless message in the Taiwan StraitsMilitary exercise houses China's relentless message in the Taiwan Straits

China also suspended bilateral climate talks and cooperation on issues including the repatriation of illegal immigrants and investigations into international crimes and drug operations.

“We should not engage in hostage cooperation on matters of global concern because of the differences between our two countries,” Blinken told reporters in the Philippines’ capital Manila on Saturday.

China’s decision to postpone climate talks “could have lasting consequences for the future of the region, the future of our planet,” and would punish the developing world rather than the US, he said.

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