Chinese missiles appear to have landed in Japan’s economic zone: Minister | World News

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on Thursday that five ballistic missiles believed to have been fired by China have landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Kishi said this was a first and Japan had protested through diplomatic channels, calling the case “a serious problem affecting our national security and the safety of our citizens”.

The minister told reporters that five of the nine ballistic missiles launched by China have landed in Japan’s EEZ.

The development comes as China conducts massive military exercises in the waters around Taiwan following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, despite stern warnings from Beijing.

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China considers Taiwan its territory and has vowed to one day take it, by force if necessary.

The figure of nine rockets fired was an estimate on the Japanese side, Kishi said. Parts of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island region, are close to Taiwan.

The EEZ extends 200 nautical miles from Japan’s coastline, beyond the boundaries of territorial waters.

(With input from the agency)

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