China claims its missiles crossed island of Taiwan for first time in latest drill – live – The Guardian

Missiles cross Taiwan in latest drill, Chinese media report

We have a little more detail on the Chinese missiles that reportedly flew over Taiwan during Beijing’s latest military drills on Friday.

Meng Xiangqing, a professor at China’s military-affiliated National Defence University, spoke with state broadcaster CCTV, lauding the accuracy of Beijing’s capabilities.

Our exercises this time included live-firing tests, and it was the first time they crossed Taiwan island.”

He added that they passed through an airspace where Patriot missiles – a highly mobile surface-to-air missile system that would be a crucial defence against Chinese warplanes – are densely deployed.

The latest drills also represented the PLA’s closest-ever exercises to the island, its first encirclement and the first time it set up a shooting range east of Taiwan, Meng said.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the military “flew more than 100 warplanes including fighters and bombers” during the exercises, as well as “over 10 destroyers and frigates.”

The Chinese exercises involve troops from the navy, air force, rocket force, strategic support force and logistic support force, according to Xinhua.

The median line is an unofficial but once largely adhered-to border that runs down the middle of the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and China.

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A source in Taiwan has given an anonymous briefing to Reuters, which reports that “around 10 Chinese navy ships crossed the median line and remained in the area on Friday morning, and about 20 Chinese military aircraft briefly crossed the median line.”

As yet there has been no official confirmation from the Taiwan ministry of defence on the number of incursions.

Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida has called for the “immediate cancellation” of China’s military exercises aimed at the Taiwan strait.

Speaking to the media after meeting with US politician Nancy Pelosi in Tokyo, Kishida said that he told her “we have called for the immediate cancellation of the military drills”, which he described as a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens”.

Nancy Pelosi, centre left, and US Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, in Tokyo earlier today.
Nancy Pelosi (centre left) and US ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, in Tokyo earlier today. Photograph: Shuji Kajiyama/AP

Reuters quotes US ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, who was with Pelosi earlier, as saying “It is clear that the US-Japan alliance will stand strong, shoulder-to-shoulder, to defend our interests and our values.”

In a news conference after meeting Kishida, Pelosi told reporters:

We have said from the start that our representation here is not about changing the status quo in Taiwan or the region. The Chinese government is not pleased that our friendship with Taiwan is a strong one. It is bipartisan in the House and in the Senate, overwhelming support for peace and the status quo in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s ministry of defence has posted to social media to say: “We seek no escalation, nor do antagonise others.”

It confirms that it has used alert broadcasts, aircraft, naval vessels, and land-based missile systems in its response after “multiple PLA aircraft and vessels were detected participating in drills around Taiwan strait”.

Multiple PLA aircraft and vessels were detected participating in drills around Taiwan Strait and have crossed the median line. #ROCArmedForces have utilized alert broadcast, aircraft in CAP, patrolling naval vessels, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation. pic.twitter.com/lVpRWCZxhm

— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 5, 2022

On the Chinese coast across from Taiwan, tourists gathered on Friday to try to catch a glimpse of any military aircraft heading toward the “military exercise” area.

Fighter jets could be heard flying overhead and tourists taking photos chanted, “Let’s take Taiwan back,” looking out into the blue waters of the Taiwan Strait from Pingtan island, a popular scenic spot.

A tourist holds binoculars in front of the Taiwan Strait at the 68-nautical-mile scenic spot, one of mainland China’s closest points to the island of Taiwan.
A tourist holds binoculars in front of the Taiwan Strait at the 68-nautical-mile scenic spot, one of mainland China’s closest points to the island of Taiwan. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters
One man holds binoculars in Pingtan island, Fujian province, China.
One man holds binoculars in Pingtan island, Fujian province, China. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters
Tourists gathered on Friday to try to catch a glimpse of any military aircraft.
Tourists gathered on Friday to try to catch a glimpse of any military aircraft. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

Taiwan’s President has issued a statement of reassurance, maintaining the island’s military is “ready to respond as necessary”.

Tsai Ing-wen made the statement over her official Twitter page just after 1pm.

Our government and military are closely monitoring China’s military exercises and information warfare operations, ready to respond as necessary.

I call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan and halt any escalation of the regional security situation.”

Our government & military are closely monitoring China’s military exercises & information warfare operations, ready to respond as necessary. I call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan & halt any escalation of the regional security situation. pic.twitter.com/uAoDAU2bMV

— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 5, 2022

China has said it summoned European diplomats in the country to protest statements issued by the Group of Seven nations and the European Union criticising threatening Chinese military exercises surrounding Taiwan.

The foreign ministry on Friday said Vice Minister Deng Li made “solemn representations” over what he called “wanton interference in China’s internal affairs.”

Missiles cross Taiwan in latest drill, Chinese media report

We have a little more detail on the Chinese missiles that reportedly flew over Taiwan during Beijing’s latest military drills on Friday.

Meng Xiangqing, a professor at China’s military-affiliated National Defence University, spoke with state broadcaster CCTV, lauding the accuracy of Beijing’s capabilities.

Our exercises this time included live-firing tests, and it was the first time they crossed Taiwan island.”

He added that they passed through an airspace where Patriot missiles – a highly mobile surface-to-air missile system that would be a crucial defence against Chinese warplanes – are densely deployed.

The latest drills also represented the PLA’s closest-ever exercises to the island, its first encirclement and the first time it set up a shooting range east of Taiwan, Meng said.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the military “flew more than 100 warplanes including fighters and bombers” during the exercises, as well as “over 10 destroyers and frigates.”

The Chinese exercises involve troops from the navy, air force, rocket force, strategic support force and logistic support force, according to Xinhua.

The median line is an unofficial but once largely adhered-to border that runs down the middle of the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan and China.

Taiwan dispatches aircraft and ships in response to Chinese military incursions

Taiwan’s defence ministry says its military has dispatched aircraft and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor the situation, as China conducts large-scale military drills in zones surrounding Taiwan.

Multiple Chinese vessels and aircraft crossed the Taiwan Strait median line on Friday morning the defence ministry said, which described China’s military activities as “highly provocative”.

Taiwan’s military will prepare combat readiness but will not ask for a war, the defence ministry added.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China “will not isolate” Taiwan by preventing US officials from travelling there.

Pelosi, who is currently leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, with her last stop in Tokyo, said her visit was “not about changing the status quo” but recognised China “made their strikes probably using our visit as an excuse”.

Pelosi said the Chinese have tried to isolate Taiwan, adding, “they are not doing our travel schedule.”

You can watch the video of her remarks from the US embassy in Tokyo below.

China not in control of US ‘travel schedule’, says Nancy Pelosi – video

China summoned the Japanese ambassador in Beijing to lodge stern representations over its participation in an “erroneous” Group of Seven (G7) nations statement on Taiwan, the foreign ministry said on Friday, as reported by Reuters news agency.

Chinese vice foreign minister Deng Li issued the diplomatic complaint to Japan’s ambassador to China on Thursday, the foreign ministry statement said.

Earlier, the ministry said it issued a similar complaint to certain European countries and EU envoys to China over the matter.

Shipments to iPhone assembler Pegatron Corp’s factory in China were being held for scrutiny by Chinese customs officials a day after the company’s top executive met US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taipei, the Nikkei reported on Friday.

The shipments to Pegatron’s Suzhou facility were being checked on Thursday to see if they violated a rule against cartons carrying the words “Taiwan” or “Republic of China”, the report said, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Pegatron vice chairman Jason Chen and other Taiwanese chip industry figures met with Pelosi at a lunch hosted by President Tsai Ing-Wen on Wednesday. A photo of the event was later posted by the presidential office showing Chen and others, including TSMC founder Morris Chang and Chairman Mark Liu.

Several Taiwanese component suppliers also received urgent requests from their customers on Friday morning asking them to be sure that shipments comply with the labelling requirements, the Nikkei added.

Chinese authorities reiterated that boxes, shipping documents, cartons, and export and import declaration forms cannot show the words “Republic of China,” “R.O.C.” or “Taiwan,” according to notices from manufacturers citing the authorities and seen by Nikkei Asia.

“If the word ‘R.O.C.’ appears, the shipment will be held and checked and cannot be shipped,” one of the notices said, according to the outlet. “Please review all the documents, forms and boxes carefully.”

Vincent Ni, our China affairs correspondent, has written about how Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has kicked off a wave of nationalistic fervour inside China. Here is his report in full:

Chinese ships and planes crossed median line on Friday morning, Taiwan MoD says

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Helen Davidson

Taiwan’s ministry of defence has just announced that multiple PLA ships and planes again crossed the median line this morning.

It said the PLA’s military exercises were highly provocative, “whether it was launching ballistic missiles or deliberately crossing the median line of the strait”.

“Adhering to the principle of preparing for war and not seeking war, the national army will work together to firmly defend sovereignty and national security.”

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also made reference to China’s human rights history during her visit to Tokyo today.

If we do not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out on human rights any place in the world.”

Pelosi noted that China “has some contradictions” and that while “some progress in terms of lifting people up” has been made, other “horrible things happening which are regarded as flagrant genocide”.

Speaking again about Taiwan, she said: “Taiwan is one of the freest countries in the world. Their democracy was hard in the making. Their economy is flourishing, we have seen the success of their semiconductor business. And in governance, LGBTQ and all kinds of issues. This isn’t about me, it’s about them.”

Blinken joins Russian and Chinese FM at East Asia Summit

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined the foreign ministers of Russia and China at a meeting on Friday with top diplomats from Southeast Asia.

The East Asia Summit of the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Cambodia’s capital was the first time the three men were scheduled to take part in the same forum.

Here is a recap of the meeting by the Associated Press:

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi patted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the shoulder as he entered the room and gave the already-seated Lavrov a quick wave before taking his own seat. Lavrov waved back in response.

Blinken, who entered the room last, did not even look over to Lavrov as he took his own seat about a half-dozen chairs away, or to Wang who was seated farther down the same table as Lavrov.

Ahead of the Phnom Penh talks, the US State Department indicated Blinken had no plans to meet one-on-one with either man during the course of the meetings.

1/4 On the sidelines of the series of foreign ministers’ meetings on East Asian cooperation in Phnom Penh, SC&FM #WangYi further elaborated on #China’s position on the #US side’s provocative behavior in violation of China’s sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/G7XI4oeMvh

— Ambassador Deng Xijun (@China2ASEAN) August 5, 2022

The East Asia Summit’s chair, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, opened the 2.5 hour talks saying he hoped that all delegates would use the forum as a “means of engagement and communication” with one another.

“Every year we have our set of challenges to address but I have to say that never before, not like this year, have we been confronted with so many perils at the same time,” he said before ushering the media out to begin the closed-door talks.

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