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After Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, 27 Chinese military aircraft enter the island’s air defense zone

China has launched a series of military maneuvers, sometimes 20 km from the Taiwanese coast, aimed at “resolutely defending national sovereignty”.

Tensions between Beijing and Washington are growing. After the surprise visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States, twenty-seven Chinese military planes entered the Taiwanese air defense zone on Wednesday (August 3rd), the island’s authorities announced.

During the visit of Nancy Pelosi, the highest American official to visit the island for 25 years, China pointed out an attitude “extremely dangerousbefore announcing the launch of severaltargeted military actionsin response to this move. The Chinese army’s operation aims to “resolutely uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity and firmly thwart outside interference and separatist attempts at Taiwan independencesaid Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense.

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20 kilometers from the coast

China claimed on Wednesday that its planned military exercises near Taiwan were “necessary and legitimate“. These exercises, which will approach up to 20 kilometers from the Taiwanese coast, “constitute a necessary and legitimate measure in order to respond to the serious provocations of certain American politicians and Taiwanese separatistsHua Chunying, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, told reporters. “The scenario of a military intervention in Taiwan is still on the tablefor his part, assured the Chinese ambassador to France, Lu Shaye. This is not against the Taiwanese people but to warn secessionist forces that seek independence and foreign anti-Chinese forces.” The ambassador claimed that the United States and the authorities of Taiwan were responsible for this increase in tension because of “useless visit” by Nancy Pelosi.

For their part, the heads of diplomacy of the G7 estimated on Wednesday that there was “no justificationfor China to use Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as “an excuse“to military maneuvers”aggressive“. “It is normal for MPs from our countries to travel internationally. The escalating answer” from China “risks increasing tensions and destabilizing the region“Judge the seven richest countries (United States, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, United Kingdom) in a press release.

Fears over the announcement crystallized from Tuesday night into Wednesday, when Taiwanese authorities reported that 21 Chinese military aircraft had entered the island’s air defense identification zone – an area much larger than its airspace. The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense denounced “an attempt to threaten our ports and important urban areas, and unilaterally undermine regional peace and stability“.

“irrational act”

On Wednesday, following these reports and the threats made by Beijing, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said that the island “wouldn’t back downin the face of the threat from China. “Some of China’s maneuver areas encroach on … Taiwan’s territorial waterssaid Taiwan Defense Ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang. “This is an irrational act aimed at challenging the international order“, he denounced.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quick to respond. On Wednesday, on the sidelines of a meeting of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), he warned that “those who offend China must be punished, inevitably“. “It’s a prank, pure and simple. Under cover of ”democracy”, the United States is violating China’s sovereignty“, he continued.

The military actions planned by Beijing also worry Japan. “The maritime zone announced by China for the military exercises which will be carried out from August 4 at noon (5 a.m. in France) includes the EEZ of Japansaid Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno. Tokyo”expressed concern to China, given the nature of military activities“, which include “live ammunition firing“, he added.

In addition to these military actions, the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing also announced economic sanctions, including the suspension of the export to Taiwan of natural sand – a key component in the manufacture of semiconductors, one of the main exports of the island.

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