Furious China Fires Ballistic Missiles, Taiwan On Edge: 10 Points

Furious China fires ballistic missiles, Taiwan On Edge: 10 points

China launched a series of multi-zone exercises around Taiwan

China on Thursday fired ballistic missiles and moved fighter jets and warships as it held its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan, a showdown sparked by the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island.

Here are the key points in this big story:

  1. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the most senior US official to visit Taiwan in years, defying a series of stark threats from Beijing, which considers the self-ruled island its territory.

  2. In retaliation, China launched a series of multi-zone exercises around Taiwan, along some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and at some points just 20 kilometers from the island’s coast.

  3. The exercises began around noon local time (0400 GMT) and involved a “conventional missile firepower attack” in waters east of Taiwan, the Chinese military said.

  4. The Chinese military fired 11 Dongfeng-class ballistic missiles “in several batches,” Taiwan said, denouncing the exercises as “irrational actions that undermine regional peace.”

  5. Taipei’s Defense Ministry said it detected 22 Chinese fighter jets during Thursday’s exercises that briefly crossed the “median line” of the Taiwan Strait.

  6. Tokyo has filed a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the exercises, with Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi saying five of the missiles would have landed in his country’s exclusive economic zone.

  7. Beijing has said the exercises will last until Sunday afternoon and has defended the exercises as “necessary and just”, blaming the escalation on the United States and its allies.

  8. “In the face of this blatant provocation, we must take legitimate and necessary countermeasures to protect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” State Department spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing on Thursday.

  9. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington had contacted Beijing “at every level of government” in recent days to call for calm and stability.

  10. “I sincerely hope Beijing will not create a crisis or seek a pretext to ramp up its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh.

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