Taiwan says several Chinese planes and ships were seen in a possible simulated attack

The ministry said some planes and ships crossed the sensitive median line in the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from the Chinese mainland.

“Our military has issued warnings, deployed combat air patrols and naval vessels, and activated land-based missile systems in response to the situation,” the ministry said in a statement.

China has not yet made any statement about the purpose of Saturday’s military exercises.

The news follows the series military training that China has been hanging around Taiwan since Thursday following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to the self-governing Democratic island earlier this week.
Views of the Chinese Communist Party Taiwan as his territory, despite never having control of it, and had long vowed to “reunite” the island with mainland China—by force if necessary.

Pelosi shrugged off his vehement opposition to her visit, landing in Taipei on Tuesday night as part of a larger tour of Asia that ended on Friday with a final stop in Japan.

China sends warships and planes close to Taiwan and raises alarm in Japan as tensions rise

But the full effects of her visit are only now being revealed as China cuts cooperation on various issues, worsens already tense US-China relations, and ramps up air and water exercises around Taiwan.

There were 68 Chinese warplanes registered in the Taiwan Strait on Friday, according to the Taiwan Ministry of Defense. Of these, 49 entered Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, an airspace buffer commonly referred to as Air Defense. This is just a few aircraft short of the record set last year, when 56 Chinese warplanes entered the air defense on the same day.

On Friday, 19 warplanes crossed the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said.

On Thursday, China launched 11 ballistic missiles, some of which flew over the island of Taiwan and landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, prompting Tokyo to file a formal complaint with Beijing. This was the first time that China had sent missiles over the island.

Also on Thursday, two Chinese drones flew near the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, prompting the Japanese Air Force to take the fighter jets into the air.

According to Chinese state media, the exercise will last until Sunday local time in Beijing.

Japan and other G7 countries called on China to stop its exercises in the strait and maintain the status quo in the region.

Military drill confirms China's ruthless message in Taiwan Strait
Beijing responded lashing out diplomatically canceling future phone calls between Chinese and US defense chiefs, annual naval meetings between the two countries, and scheduled meetings between Chinese and Japanese officials.

On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced a series of countermeasures against the US, including sanctions against Pelosi and her immediate family.

China has also suspended bilateral climate talks; cooperation on the repatriation of illegal immigrants, transnational crime and drug dealing; and legal assistance in criminal matters.

The White House on Friday accused China of “punishing the world” by ending climate cooperation, while the Defense Department said China “decided to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as an excuse to step up provocative military activity in region and around it. Taiwan Strait.

John Kirby, public relations coordinator at the National Security Council, said not all communications between the US and China have been cut off and that some channels between senior leadership remain open, but added that the suspension is still an “irresponsible act.”