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Taiwan was cyberattacked and threatened on Tuesday Chinese military aircraft flies near its border in the Taiwan Strait as tensions with Beijing escalated ahead of an unconfirmed visit by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Taiwanese authorities confirmed on Tuesday that the Office of the President’s website was the victim of a “foreign cyberattack” that left the site unavailable for 20 minutes, according to local reporters.
The Office of the President reportedly confirmed on that Tuesday, “attack traffic was 200 times greater than on a typical day.”
The culprit of the attack has not yet been identified, but it appeared just hours before Chinese warplanes approached the unofficial dividing line dividing the Taiwan Strait between mainland China and Taiwan.
The Chinese planes were reported to have made tactical maneuvers and repeatedly “touched” the air borders before returning to the other side of the strait, Reuters reported for the first time.
The report said the Taiwanese planes were on standby.
On Monday China also sends warships to the unofficial border the day before Pelosi’s expected visit to Taiwan.
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The White House said it would “not be intimidated” by China’s “saber-rattling” and backed Pelosi’s right to visit Taiwan.
“It looks like China is potentially ready to take further steps in the coming days and possibly longer term,” said John Kirby, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications. “These potential moves by China could include military provocations such as launching missiles in the Taiwan Strait or around Taiwan.”
He said China could also try to “break historical norms” by entering Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, conducting naval operations “crossing the median line” and covering military exercises more widely.
Pelosi, whose office has not confirmed whether she will travel to Taipei, is scheduled to land in Taiwan on Tuesday, according to local reports.