Taiwan: Chinese planes and ships carried out simulated attack drills – live news | Taiwan

In response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Beijing on Friday cancelled efforts to keep communication channels open between Chinese and US military commanders.

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It’s feared that this raises the risk of an accidental escalation in tensions. Reuters has published some analysis on this:

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Christopher Twomey, a security scholar at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California, told Reuters the severing of the communication links was worrying, coming at what he believed was the beginning of a new Taiwan crisis.

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“That is precisely the time you would want to have more opportunities to talk to the other side … Losing those channels greatly reduces the ability of the two sides to de-conflict military forces as various exercises and operations continue.”

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As Chinese warships, fighter jets and drones manoeuvre around Taiwan, at least four powerful U.S. vessels, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli and the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam are east of Taiwan, Reuters has confirmed.

Bonnie Glaser, a Washington-based security analyst with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said, more broadly, prospects were “extremely low for holding talks on risk reduction measures or stability”. Over time, she said she expected the specific talks called off this week would resume but “right now, China has to signal toughness and resolve”.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Chinese officials had not responded to calls from senior Pentagon officials this week but that was seen as China showing displeasure over Pelosi’s trip rather than the severing of the channel between senior defence officials, including U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Austin pushed for improved communication between the rival forces when met Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of Shangri-la Dialogue security meeting in Singapore in June.

Both Asian and Western diplomats said US military chiefs had been pushing for more frequent theatre-level command talks for some time, given China’s growing deployments across Asia, where the US navy has traditionally been the dominant power.

The Pentagon said on Friday that China was overreacting and the US was still open to building crisis communication mechanisms.

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The deputy head of Taiwan defence ministry’s research and development unit has been found dead in hotel in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, according to the official Central News Agency.

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Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57. The cause of his death is unknown, CNA reported.

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Ou Yang, who was in charge various missile production projects, had been on a business trip to Pingtung.

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The military-owned body is working to more than double its yearly missile production capacity to close to 500 this year, as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as China’s growing military threat, according to Reuters.

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Taiwan’s defence ministry has said that some Chinese aircraft and ships carried out simulation attack exercises towards the main Taiwan Island on Saturday, Reuters senior correspondent in Taipei Yimou Lee has tweeted.

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Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.

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#TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY: SOME OF THE CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CARRIED OUT SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS THE MAIN TAIWAN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

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Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s continuing live coverage of the Taiwan crisis. Here’s a summary of the latest developments as it passes 10.30am in Taipei.

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  • The US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers have urged China to immediately cease military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement after meeting in Phnom Penh on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers’ gathering, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and the foreign ministers of Australia and Japan, Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa, “expressed their concern about the People’s Republic of China’s recent actions that gravely affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises”. They also “condemned the PRC’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which the Japanese government reported landed in its exclusive economic zones, raising tension and destabilising the region”.
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  • The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, walked out of a plenary session in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi, spoke on Friday. Wang called a rare news conference late on Friday, where he accused the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, of spreading misinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “contemptible farce” and stressed China’s military response to it was “firm, forceful and appropriate”.
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  • The US special envoy on climate change John Kerry said China’s decision to suspend bilateral talks on climate change with the US does not punish Washington, “it punishes the world”. “No country should withhold progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” said the former US secretary of state, who is currently the Biden administration’s top climate diplomat. US national security council spokesperson, John Kirby, also told reporters that China’s decision to halt cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
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  • Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, said Chinese military drills near Taiwan, were a threat to regional security. Beijing announced four days of drills that are expected to finish on Sunday. The drills are a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters, speaking after a meeting with the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in Tokyo on Friday.
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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Friday the island’s military had dispatched aircraft and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor ships and aircraft that briefly crossed the Taiwan strait median line. On Thursday, China fired multiple missiles into waters surrounding Taiwan. The defence ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. It gave no details of their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns. Taiwan also said it scrambled jets on Friday to warn away 49 Chinese aircraft in its air defence zone, according to Reuters. All 49 Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan strait median line, the ministry said in a statement.
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  • North Korea has denounced Nancy Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability”, after the US House speaker expressed her commitment during a visit to South Korea to achieving the North’s denuclearisation.
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  • China has “historically been a victim of foreign aggression”, its foreign ministry spokesperson said. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said: “China had historically been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the US still grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and attempts to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time.”
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In response to Pelosi’s visit to TaiwanBeijing on Friday called off efforts to keep channels of communication open between Chinese and US military leaders.

It is feared that this could increase the risk of an accidental escalation of tensions. Reuters has published some analysis on this:

Christopher Toomey, a security researcher at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California, told Reuters that the severing of communication links is troubling, and comes in what is believed to be the beginning of a new crisis in Taiwan.

“This is exactly the time when you want to have more opportunities to talk to the other side…Losing these channels greatly reduces the ability of the two sides to deconflict the military forces as various exercises and operations continue.”

Reuters has confirmed that at least four powerful US ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli and the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam, as Chinese warships and drones maneuver around Taiwan, are located eastern Taiwan.

Bonnie Glaser, a Washington-based security analyst with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said that more broadly, expectations were “too low for talks about risk reduction or stability measures.” Over time, she said she expected to resume the specific talks that were canceled this week, but “for the time being, China has to signal solidity and determination.”

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Chinese officials did not return calls from top Pentagon officials this week, but that this is seen as China’s dissatisfaction with Pelosi’s trip rather than cutting the channel between top defense officials, including the Department of Defense American. Minister Lloyd Austin.

Austin urged for better communication between rival forces when he met Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fengyi on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Security Dialogue in Singapore in June.

Asian and Western diplomats alike have said that US military leaders have been pushing for more frequent leadership talks at the theater level for some time, given China’s growing reach throughout Asia, where the US Navy has traditionally been the dominant power.

The Pentagon said on Friday that China had overreacted and that the United States remained open to building crisis communication mechanisms.

A leading Taiwanese official in the production of missiles was found dead in the hotel

vice president Taiwan The research and development unit of the Ministry of Defense has been found dead in a hotel in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, according to the official Central News Agency.

Ou Yang Li-xing, vice president of the army-owned National Zhongshan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57 years old. The cause of his death is unknown, the Central News Agency reported.

Ou Yang, who was in charge of several missile production projects, was on a business trip to Pingtung.

The military-owned entity is working on more than double its annual missile production capacity to nearly 500 this year, as the island builds up its combat power amid what it sees as a growing military threat to China, according to Reuters.

AFP reported more lines from North Korea’s comments on Pelosi’s trip to Asia.

She visited Seoul and the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, or the Inter-Korean Joint Security Area, earlier this week. Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart, National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, called for “strong and extensive deterrence against North Korea,” and pledged support for Washington and Seoul’s efforts to achieve Pyongyang’s denuclearization.

North Korea on Saturday denounced Pelosi for her discussions with Kim and her visit to the South Sudan Assembly and TaiwanAFP reports:

At the head of the deterrence talks, Jo Young-sam, North Korea’s foreign affairs official, said, “Pelosi even appeared in the Panmunjom Joint Security Area, completely betraying the vision of the current US administration’s hostile policy toward the DPRK.” Ministry, using the official name of North Korea.

“The United States is adding fuel to the fire,” Jo added in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang. China is North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, and Pyongyang has also criticized Pelosi for her visit to Taiwan.

“Pelosi, the worst destroyer of international peace and stability… has angered the Chinese people over her recent trip to Taiwan,” Gu of the State Department said in the statement.

“The United States will have to pay a heavy price for all the sources of trouble it has created wherever it goes.”

The rebuke from North Korea comes about a week after Kim Jong Un said his country is “ready to mobilize” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul.

North Korea has conducted a series of record-breaking weapons tests so far this year, including the launch of a full-range ICBM for the first time since 2017.

Some additional details from Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense about what it describes here as a “potential potential attack.”

The Taiwanese military used patrol warships and land missiles to deal with the situation, she said.

Multiple PLA craft were detected around Taiwan Strait, some have crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCArmedForces have utilized alert broadcast, aircraft in CAP, patrolling naval vessels, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.

— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

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Multiple PLA vehicles have been discovered around the Taiwan Strait, and some have crossed the middle line. A possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCAarmedForces They have used alarm broadcasts, CAP aircraft, naval patrol ships, and ground-based missile systems in response to this situation.

– 國防部 Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China (MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

Chinese aircraft and ships carried out simulated attack exercises

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said some Chinese planes and ships carried out simulated attack drills toward the mainland Taiwan Island Island on Saturday, senior Reuters correspondent in Taipei Yimou Lee wrote on Twitter.

Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were spotted in the Taiwan Strait Saturday morning, some of them across the center line, they said.

#TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY: SOME OF THE CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CARRIED OUT SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS THE MAIN TAIWAN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

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#Taiwan Ministry of Defense: Some Chinese aircraft and ships conducted simulated attack exercises towards the main island of Taiwan on Saturday

– Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie also urged China to stop its military actions in the air and around it. Taiwan.

Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China China towards Taiwan and in the exclusive economic zone of Japan. It said in a statement on Twitter that this action threatens regional stability and security.

Canada is deeply concerned by the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We strongly urge the PRC to halt its coercive military and economic actions.

— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

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Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles fired by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We urge the People’s Republic of China to stop its coercive military and economic actions.

Melanie Jolie (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

This morning, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at Malacanang Palace in Manila.

Blinken reportedly said the relations between their two countries were exceptional, founded in friendship, and said Washington was committed to their mutual defense pact.

Marcus Jr. said the current geopolitical context shows the importance of such relationships. Marcus Jr. also said he did not think Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan exacerbated the conflict in the region. As GMA News Online reports, he said, “It just showed, how intense this conflict has been.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken now in Malacañang for his meeting with President Bongbong Marcos Jr. 📸: MPC POOL @gmanews @gmanewsbreaking pic.twitter.com/njxmYumEjF

— 👑Anna Felicia (@annafelicia_) August 6, 2022

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The head of this week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings said on Saturday that discussions between foreign ministers have ended Taiwan The tensions were lively and included some strong arguments, but the disagreements were best dealt with with words, Reuters reported.

Prak Sokhon, Cambodia’s foreign minister, said he told a meeting of foreign ministers that they should have calm, dignified, polite and civilized discussions.

“The most important thing is that we keep talking to each other,” he told a news conference.

Earlier this week, ASEAN foreign ministers called for “maximum restraint” regarding the Taiwan Strait, warning that the situation could lead to “dangerous confrontation, open conflicts, and unpredictable consequences between major powers”.

Summary

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s continuous live coverage of Taiwan crisis. Here is a summary of the latest developments as 10:30 am in Taipei.

  • The foreign ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan urged China to immediately halt military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement after the meeting in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers meeting, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Australia and Japan, Benny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa, said: Dangerous to international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises.” They also condemned “the launching of ballistic missiles by the People’s Republic of China, five of which the Japanese government said fell in its exclusive economic zones, which led to increased tension and instability in the region.”
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, withdrew from a plenary session in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi, spoke, Friday. Wang called a rare late Friday news conference, accusing US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, of spreading disinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “despicable farce” and stressed that China’s military response to it was “firm, strong and appropriate.”
  • The US special envoy on climate change, John Kerry, said China’s decision to suspend bilateral talks on climate change with the United States does not punish Washington, “it is punishing the world.”“No country should block progress on transnational existential issues because of bilateral disagreements,” said the former US Secretary of State, who is currently the Biden administration’s top climate diplomat. As US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said He told reporters that China’s decision to halt cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible.”
  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Chinese military exercises near Taiwan pose a threat to regional security. Beijing announced four days of exercises, expected to end on Sunday. Kishida told reporters, speaking after a meeting with the speaker of the US House of Representatives, that the exercises were “a serious problem that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens.” Nancy Pelosiin Tokyo on Friday.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Friday that the island’s army has sent planes, ships and land-based missile systems to monitor ships and aircraft. that briefly crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait. On Thursday, China launched multiple missiles into the waters around Taiwan. The Defense Ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. It did not give details of their travel itineraries, citing intelligence concerns. Taiwan also said it scrambled planes on Friday to warn 49 Chinese planes in the air defense zone, according to Reuters. All 49 Chinese planes crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a statement.
  • North Korea denounced Nancy Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability.”After the US House of Representatives Speaker expressed her commitment during a visit to South Korea to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea.
  • “Historically it has been a victim of foreign aggression,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. “China has historically been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the United States still blatantly interferes in China’s internal affairs and tries to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time,” Hua Chunying said in a series of tweets on Friday.

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