by Yimou Lee and David Brunstrom
TAIPEI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Chinese planes and warships on Saturday rehearsed an attack on the island as part of Beijing’s retaliation for the visit of US House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who accompanied Washington The talks on the issues have stopped. Defense and climate change.
Pelosi’s brief visit to the self-governing island this week, China considers its territory annoyed Beijing and conducts unprecedented military exercises around Taiwan that include ballistic missiles fired at the capital Taipei.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of taking “irresponsible steps” by shutting down key communication channels with Washington, saying its actions on Taiwan moved away from prioritizing a peaceful solution toward the use of force. Steps shown.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said several Chinese ships and aircraft carried out missions in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, some of which crossed the midline, an informal buffer separating the two sides, which the Taiwanese military used as a simulation. described in. attack on the island.
The ministry later said that Taiwan sent 20 Chinese planes to warn, of which 14 crossed the midline. The ministry said in a statement that it also detected 14 Chinese military ships carrying out activities around the Taiwan Strait.
China’s East Theater Command said it continued to conduct joint maritime and air exercises in the north, southwest and east of Taiwan. He said his goal was to test the system’s ground attack and sea attack capabilities.
The Chinese exercise, centered at six locations around the island, began on Thursday and will go on till noon on Sunday.
Chinese warships and planes continued to “press” the midline of the Taiwan Strait on Saturday afternoon, a person familiar with the security plan said. The person said that off the east coast of Taiwan and near Japanese home islands, Chinese warships and drones carried out simulated attacks on US and Japanese warships.
Taiwan’s military issued a warning as it deployed aerial reconnaissance patrol forces and ships to monitor and placed land-based missiles on standby.
The island’s defense ministry released a photo of a Taiwanese sailor aboard a frigate watching a nearby Chinese warship off the east coast of Taiwan. “Not Photoshopped at all!” Read the caption.
He also said he set fire to seven drones flying over his Kinmen Island and unidentified planes flying over his Matsu island on Friday night to warn. Both groups of islands lie close to the coast of China.
“China’s military exercises unilaterally changed the current situation in the region and seriously damaged the peace in the Taiwan Strait,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said.
Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late Tuesday in the highest-level visit by a US official to the island in decades, despite Chinese warnings. In the final leg of a week-long tour of Asia, soon after its delegation left Japan on Friday, China announced it was suspending talks with the United States in a number of areas.
Speaking during a visit to the Philippines, Blinken said the United States was listening to the concerns of allies, which he called China’s actions around Taiwan dangerous and destabilizing, but that Washington was determined to deal with the situation. Will stay and try to avoid an escalation. ,
He said that China’s termination of bilateral talks in eight key areas are measures that will punish the world.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a news conference on Friday that Blinken was spreading “misinformation”, adding: “We want to issue a warning to the United States: don’t act in haste, a big crisis.” Do not create.” ,
(Reporting by Yimou Lee in Taipei, David Brunstrom in Manila, Brenda Goh in Shanghai, Meg Shen in Hong Kong; Additional reporting by Ryan Wu; Writing by Tony Munro and Greg Torode; Spanish Editing by Manuel Farias)