China launches a barrage of missiles across the Taiwan Strait, escalating regional tensions.

Following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit the previous day, a news report regarding China’s live-fire drill near Taiwan is displayed on a television in Taipei, Taiwan, on Thursday. Getty Images/Annabelle Chih remove caption

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Following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit the previous day, a news report regarding China’s live-fire drill near Taiwan is displayed on a television in Taipei, Taiwan, on Thursday.

Getty Images/Annabelle Chih After a visit from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sparked a tense military confrontation in the East Asia area, China has launched multiple waves of missiles over the Taiwan Strait, striking targets in the waters that encircle the island of Taiwan.

On Thursday afternoon, local time, between 1:56 and 4 p.m., Taiwan’s Defense Ministry fired 11 confirmed Chinese Dongfeng-style missiles in its direction. The island’s long-range radar had picked up the approaching missiles, according to Taiwan’s armed forces, which said they were on high alert and watching Chinese military action in the area.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement : “We deplore such foolish action that has endangered regional peace.”

ASIA Five of the launched missiles made landfall in waters near Taiwan that are a section of the Exclusive Economic Zone that Japan controls and asserts economic rights over, putting Japan, an ally of the United States, at risk of being involved in the confrontation.

Nobuo Kishi, Japan’s defense minister, stated that “this is a significant issue that threatens our country’s national security and the safety of the people.”

Over the past two years, Japan has gradually become more assertive in its approach to national security and defense, in large part as a result of China’s threats against Taiwan.

As a democratic nation, Taiwan needs to be protected, said Yasuhide Nakayama, Japan’s deputy defense minister, to AA4 in June 2021.
On Friday, Pelosi is expected to travel to Japan.

China is now engaging in live-fire military training exercises in six zones that surround Taiwan. The combined sea and air exercises began on Thursday morning and will continue and will go at least through August 7.

On Thursday morning local time, China claims to have launched several fighter fighters, bombers, ships, and early warning aircraft toward the waters off Taiwan. The Kinmen Islands, which are located just a few miles off China’s eastern coast, were being flown over by some aircraft, presumably drones, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, which used fired flares to scare them away.

According to Taiwan defense forces, Chinese fighter jets have also been conducting sorties over the Taiwan Strait since Tuesday, occasionally flying even venturing above the line that divides Chinese from Taiwanese airspace.

On August 1, Chinese soldiers in masks stand guard at the entrance to the military museum in Beijing. China claims that military drills are being conducted in six zones encircling Taiwan by its navy, air force, and other agencies. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan hide caption

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On August 1, Chinese soldiers in masks stand guard at the entrance to the military museum in Beijing. China claims that military drills are being conducted in six zones encircling Taiwan by its navy, air force, and other agencies.

Ng Han Guan / AP In an interview with NPR on Wednesday, national security advisor Jake Sullivan denounced the Chinese military exercises. “We assume unnecessarily that it will present hazards and difficulties. We therefore hope that the PRC behaves responsibly and steers clear of any escalation that can result in a mistake or miscalculation in the skies or at sea “added he.

China has already launched missiles against Taiwan. China frequently fired the waters near Taiwan from 1995 to 1996 during what is known as the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis. That crisis was brought on by Taiwan’s then-President Lee Teng-hui traveling to the United States against China’s wishes to speak at Cornell University.

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