Taiwan said on Saturday that recent military exercises from China appear to simulate an attack, the The US Express News reports.
Send the news: Multiple Chinese warships and planes crossed the Taiwan Strait earlier this week following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island, infuriating Beijing.
What is going on: Taiwan’s armed forces issued a warning on Saturday and took a number of measures in response to China’s recent exercises, including sending air and naval patrols around the island and activating missile systems on land, the Ministry of National Defense said by email. TUSEN.
- At least 20 Chinese planes and 14 ships were still conducting exercises near the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said.
The other side: China’s defense ministry said on Saturday it was conducting military exercises as planned and “testing the capabilities” of land and naval strikes, according to TUSEN.
Situation: After Pelosi visited Taiwan this week, China announced several days of live fire drills — the largest Beijing has ever held in the Taiwan Strait, Reuters reports.
Threat level: Wang Ting-yu, a member of Taiwan’s parliament, told TUSEN that Taiwan would consider it an invasion if Chinese naval forces penetrated the island’s territorial waters.
- A Chinese military incursion within 10 miles of the coast of the self-governing island would trigger defensive protocols, TUSEN’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.
- Taiwan doesn’t want to “provoke conflict,” Wang told TUSEN. But, he said, “Whoever dares to invade our country, our home, we have a duty to defend our home.”
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