Taiwan says China military drills appear to simulate attack

Taiwan claims that China’s military exercises appear to be based on a pre-attack scenario

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China’s capital city, Beijing (AP) — The country’s capital city, Beijing (AP) — Beijing has reacted angrily to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei by conducting a series of military maneuvers that look to simulate an attack on Taiwan, according to a statement from Taiwan on Saturday.

Ministry of National Defense: Taiwan’s armed forces activated land-based missile systems and issued a warning in reaction to China’s military drills. Chinese planes and ships continued to conduct sea and air exercises in the Taiwan Strait as of 5 p.m., according to the report.

Chinese-designated no-fly zones during the exercises “seriously harmed the peace,” according to the ministry. Even though Taiwan’s military doesn’t want to go to war, it says it’s prepared and ready to deal with it.

Ministry of Defense statement stated Saturday that military drills had been carried out as planned in sea and airspaces north, southwest, and east of Taiwan, with a primary focus on “testing the capabilities” of China’s land strike and sea assault systems.

Pelosi’s travel to Taiwan last week sparked live-fire military exercises in China because it violated the “one-China” principle, according to the Chinese government. Visits to Taiwan by foreign dignitaries are seen as recognition of Taiwan’s sovereignty by China, which views the island as a breakaway province that must be annexed with force if necessary.

Also on Friday night, the Taiwanese army said it had spotted four unmanned aerial vehicles flying near Kinmen county, and in response, it shot warning flares.

According to Taiwan’s Kinmen Defense Command, four drones thought to be Chinese flew over the waters around the Kinmen island group, including Lieyu Island and Beijing Islet.

In the Taiwan Strait, a series of islands known as Quemoy, or Kinmen, is located just 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) east of the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian province.

The Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, said in a tweet that her administration and military are keeping a close eye on China’s military exercises and information warfare operations and are ready to respond if required.

Tsai urged the international community to “defend democratic Taiwan and stop any worsening of the regional security situation” in her speech.

Beginning on Thursday, China’s military exercises are slated to extend through Sunday. There have so far been missile strikes on Taiwanese targets north and south of the island in an echo of the last large Chinese military drills in 1995 and 1996 aimed at frightening Taiwanese politicians and voters.

Taiwan has activated its military and conducted civil defense drills, while the United States has deployed a large number of naval forces in the vicinity.

Although the United States maintains a “one-China” policy, the Biden administration and Pelosi have stated that the U.S. recognizes Beijing as the government of China while maintaining informal connections and defensive alliances with Taipei. Pelosi was discouraged by the administration, but she was able to visit.

As a result of Pelosi’s visit, China has called off defense and climate negotiations with the United States and slapped sanctions on her.

This was Pelosi’s final stop on her Asia tour and she stated Friday in Tokyo that China can’t effectively isolate Taiwan by barring US officials from visiting.

Pelosi has been an outspoken supporter of human rights in China for many years.” Her visit to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1991, two years after the violent military crackdown on demonstrators at the square, was a show of support for democracy.

As reported by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, attempts to shut down the website of the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs more than doubled from Thursday to Friday in anticipation of Pelosi’s visit. The attack’s origins have not been revealed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the study, other ministries and government institutions, including the Ministry of Interior, were also targeted by hackers.

An assault that attempts to bring down a website by preventing other users from accessing it is known as a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS).

Ou Yang Li-Hsing, the deputy head of the Taiwan Defense Ministry’s research and development unit, was found dead in his hotel room after having a heart attack, according to the Central News Agency. He was 57 years old and had worked on several missile production projects as a manager.

In the southern county of Pingtung, where he was on business, the report stated that his hotel room revealed no traces of the intrusion.

There is a strong majority for maintaining de facto independence for Taiwan and rejecting Chinese ambitions for its unification with the mainland.

Most countries throughout the world adhere to the “one-China” policy, which stipulates that diplomatic ties with Beijing must be maintained.

Companies that refuse to recognize Taiwan as part of China face a quick backlash, with many Chinese consumers vowing to stop purchasing their products.

Snickers candy bar manufacturer Mars Wrigley issued an apology on Friday after it published a video and promotional materials for South Korean boy band BTS that referred to Taiwan as a country.

One of China’s most popular microblogging services issued an apology on its Weibo page.

Wrigley said in a statement that it complied with all local Chinese rules and regulations, “respecting China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

An additional blog post from the corporation stated that “Taiwan is a part of China’s territory” and that “there is only one China”

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