China Fires Missiles Near Taiwan in Drills After Nancy Pelosi’s Visit

China fired multiple missiles near Taiwan on Thursday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit, CNN reports.

China held live-fire drills in the sea near Taiwan after vowing to retaliate over the visit.

"The entire live-fire training mission has been successfully completed and the relevant air and sea area control is now lifted," Chinese officials said in a statement.

Taiwan reported that 11 Chinese rockets landed near some of its islands in the Taiwan Strait.

Chinese media reported that the exercises were intended to simulate an air and sea blockade around Taiwan.

Within hours of Pelosi’s visit, China sent more than 20 fighter jets across the midway point between China and Taiwan.

Taiwan likens China to North Korea:

Taiwan’s defense ministry called the drills an “irrational act” intended to “change the status quo.”

"We are closely monitoring enemy activities around the sea of Taiwan and that of outlying islands, and we will act appropriately," the ministry said in a statement.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry accused China of “following North Korea's example of arbitrary test-fire of missiles in waters close to other countries.”

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen called the drills “irresponsible” but said that Taipei does not want to “provoke disputes.”

Missiles hit Japan zone:

Five of the missiles fired by China landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, its defense ministry said.

"This is a grave issue that concerns our country's national security and people's safety," said Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.

"To have five Chinese missiles fall within Japan's EEZ like this is a first," he told reporters. "We have protested strongly through diplomatic channels."

 

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