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Chinese military exercises ‘provocative’ and ‘irresponsible’, US says

A White House spokesman has said China is trying to “change the status quo” through its military exercises around Taiwan.

These activities are a major escalation in China’s efforts to change the status quo. They are provocative, irresponsible and increase the risk of miscalculation,” the spokesperson said.

They are also at odds with our longstanding goal of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, which the world expects.”

China’s Defense Ministry said it had conducted military exercises as planned in the sea and airspace in northern, southwest and eastern Taiwan, focusing on “testing the capabilities” of its land attack and naval attack systems.

Key events

Taiwan accuses China of simulating island attack

The Chinese military has continued its largest-ever military exercises targeting Taiwan with what the island’s government called a simulated attack, including further raids over the median line and drone flights over Taiwan’s outlying islands.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Saturday it had sighted People’s Liberation Army (PLA) planes and ships in the Taiwan Strait, believing they were simulating an attack on the main island.

“Multiple batches of Chinese communist aircraft and ships operating around the Taiwan Strait, some of which crossed the median line,” it said, referring to the unofficial border in the waters between China and Taiwan.

On Saturday, Taiwan also deployed fighter jets to warn away 20 Chinese planes, including 14 crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait, according to Reuters, citing Taiwan’s defense ministry.

20 PLA ​​aircraft (SU-30*10, J-16*4, J-11*4, Y-8 ASW and Y-20 Aerial Refueling) and 14 ships conducted an air-sea operation in the vicinity of ROC in August 6, 2022. For more information, please refer to our official website: https://t.co/Tj6C1y0WHR pic.twitter.com/apjMe6IYMn

— Ministry of National Defense, ROC 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

Chinese boats ‘push’ repeatedly into Taiwan’s buffer zone – reports

About 10 Chinese and Taiwanese naval boats remained close to the centerline of the Taiwan Strait on Sunday morning, an informed source told Reuters.

The source added that Chinese boats were repeatedly “pushed” into the unofficial buffer, while the Taiwanese navy remained nearby to monitor the movements.

Both sides have shown restraint so far, the source familiar with security planning in the region, says, since similar navies maneuvered near the median line between China and Taiwan on Monday.

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the tensions between China and Taiwan.

I am Samantha Lock and I will bring you the latest developments.

It is approaching 10 o’clock in Beijing. Here’s everything you may have missed:

  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry accused Chinese aircraft and ships of carrying out a simulated attack on the main island on Saturday. Several batches of Chinese planes and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait, 14 of which crossed the median — an unofficial buffer separating the two sides — according to the ministry. The Taiwanese army used patrolling naval vessels and put missiles on standby in response to shore.
  • The White House has condemned the escalation of military exercises. “These activities are a major escalation in China’s efforts to change the status quo. They are provocative, irresponsible and increase the risk of miscalculation,” said a spokesperson.
  • China has accused the US of meddling in Beijing’s internal affairs. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said the US should have stopped Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week.
  • The Chinese embassy warned Australia of involvement in its actions over Taiwan, it was unacceptable to say “finger point” at Beijing. Australian Foreign Secretary Penny Wong previously condemned Beijing’s “disproportionate and destabilizing” actions and said she had expressed concern to her Chinese counterpart at the East Asian Summit in Cambodia.
  • Taiwan’s defense ministry said its naval forces are monitoring Chinese military ships off the east coast.
  • The eastern theater command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army said on Saturday it will continue to conduct joint sea and air exercises north, southwest and east of Taiwan., as planned. It said the focus was on testing the land attack and naval attack capabilities.
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: China should not be held hostage important global issues, such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut ties with Washington in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
  • At a meeting in Wisconsin, former US President Donald Trump questioned why Nancy Pelosi was visiting Taiwan. ‘What was she doing in Taiwan? She was China’s dream, she gave them an excuse. They have been looking for that excuse.”
  • A Taiwanese official who was in charge of several missile production projects was found dead in a hotel room in southern Taiwan on Saturday morning., according to the official Central Press Agency. Ou Yang Li-hsing, the deputy head of the Army-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57 years old. The cause of his death was unknown, CNA reported.
  • US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers have urged China to immediately end military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement, officials expressed concern about China’s recent actions “which seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises.” They also condemned China’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which have landed in exclusive economic zones, the Japanese government said, “increasing tension and destabilizing the region.”
  • Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, said Chinese military exercises near Taiwan posed a threat to regional security and a “serious problem affecting our national security and the security of our citizens”.
  • North Korea denounced Nancy Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability”” after the US House speaker on a visit to South Korea expressed her commitment to bring about the denuclearization of the North. It also condemned her trip to Taiwan.
Taiwanese naval frigate Lan Yang is seen from the deck of a Chinese military ship during military exercises on Friday, Aug. 5.
Taiwanese naval frigate Lan Yang is seen from the deck of a Chinese military ship during military exercises on Friday, Aug. 5. Photo: Lin Jian/AP

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