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Pelosi says the US will not allow China to isolate Taiwan

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China will not be isolated Taiwan Banning US officials from traveling there.

Pelosi, who is currently visiting officials in Tokyo, said the United States “will not allow” China To isolate Taiwan after her visit angered Beijing.

They may try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there.”

Pelosi and five other members of Congress arrived in Tokyo late Thursday after visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.

In Taipei on Wednesday, Pelosi said the US commitment to democracy in Taiwan and elsewhere “remains resolute.”

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said China will not isolate Taiwan by preventing US officials from travelling there.

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Pelosi, who is currently visiting officials in Tokyo, said the US will “not allow” China to isolate Taiwan, after her visit infuriated Beijing.

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They may try to keep Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us to travel there.”

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Pelosi and five other members of Congress arrived in Tokyo late Thursday after visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.

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In Taipei on Wednesday, Pelosi said the American commitment to democracy in Taiwan and elsewhere “remains ironclad.”

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The United States has condemned China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan during major military drills as an overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, urging Beijing to reduce tensions.

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White House spokesperson John Kirby said:

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China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan strait.

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The temperature’s pretty high,” but tensions “can come down very easily by just having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military drills,” he added.

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In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Kirby said: “We’ve been watching this very, very closely.”

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When asked whether Pelosi’s trip triggered China’s military drills, Kirby said:

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The provocateur here is Beijing. They didn’t have to react this way to what is completely normal travel by congressional members to Taiwan… The Chinese are the ones who are escalating this.”

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He also warned the risk of calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the things that’s troublesome about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some sort of conflict.”

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US secretary of state Antony Blinken said Washington had contacted Beijing “at every level of government” in recent days to call for calm and stability.

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I hope very much that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from the 10-member Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) in Phnom Penh.

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Japan’s prime minister has condemned China’s firing of ballistic missiles during military drills around Taiwan, calling them a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens”.

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Five Chinese missiles appear to have fallen in the country’s exclusive economic zone, Tokyo has said, with four of those believed to have flown over Taiwan’s main island.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning:

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China’s actions this time around have a serious impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community.

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I told her that we have called for the immediate cancellation of the military drills.”

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Pelosi is in Tokyo for the final leg of an Asian tour that included a stop in Taiwan, infuriating Beijing, which has launched its largest-ever military drills around the self-ruled island in response.

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Tokyo has lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the military exercises, which began on Thursday.

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Parts of Japan’s southernmost Okinawa region are close to Taiwan, as are islets at the centre of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

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Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) extends up to 200 nautical miles from its coastline, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.

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

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I’m Samantha Lock and I will be bringing you all the latest developments.

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It is 9am in Beijing. Here is everything you might have missed:

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  • China is to begin its second day of unprecedented live-fire drills after launching huge military exercises in the air and seas around Taiwan on Thursday, including firing ballistic missiles close to the island some of which landed in Japanese waters.
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  • The exercises, which included rockets, attack helicopters and gunships, were arranged in reaction to a defiant visit to the island by the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday.
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  • The US condemned the missile launches. “China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby said.
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  • Kirby also warned of the risk of a mistake and calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the things that’s troublesome about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some sort of conflict.”
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  • US secretary of state Antony Blinken said he “hopes very much that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretence to increase its aggressive military action”.
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  • Foreign ministers from the 10-member Asean bloc, meeting in Cambodia this week, called for “maximum restraint”, without mentioning the US or China by name. In a statement it said the situation could lead to “serious confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among major powers”.
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  • Japan said at least five of the 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles fell into its exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 nautical miles (370km) from Japan’s coast.
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  • Japan also speculated that four missiles flew over Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, according to a statement issued by its US embassy.
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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry said the missiles flew high into the atmosphere and constituted no threat to the island.
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  • Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, urged Beijing to “act with reason and exercise restraint” while maintaining Taiwan would not escalate conflict but would “resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security & our democracy”.
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  • Foreign governments and multilateral groups including the G7 and the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) condemned the hostilities and called for calm.
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  • The drills were in unprecedented proximity to Taiwan, and included PLA warplane and navy vessel incursions over the median line of the Taiwan strait – an unofficial border between China and Taiwan.
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  • Notices of the exercises identified six areas encircling Taiwan, with warnings for all ships and aircraft to “not enter the relevant sea areas and airspace”. On Thursday, local media reported the last-minute announcement of a seventh. Some of the zones overlap with Taiwan’s territorial waters, and are near key shipping ports.
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  • Several cyber-attacks also struck Taiwan, targeting websites of the defence ministry, the foreign ministry and the presidential office.
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  • Beijing’s Taiwan affairs office said the dispute was an internal affair. “Our punishment of pro-Taiwan independence diehards, external forces, is reasonable, lawful,” it said.
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Taiwan’s prime minister said Friday that the “evil neighbour” of neighboring Taiwan is flexing its strength at our door.

Su Tsingchang told reporters in Taipei, when asked about China’s missile launches, that China is arbitrarily destroying the world’s most widely used waterway through military exercises.

Su added that neighboring countries and the world condemn China’s actions.

The The USS Ronald Reagan is reported to have retreated After the Beijing army set up an eastern shooting range Taiwan.

South China Morning Post Reports A military official from the mainland confirmed the news.

Earlier Thursday, White House spokesman John Kirby said the Pentagon had ordered the tanker group “to remain in position in the general area to monitor the situation.”

According to the Chinese military-backed research group, the South China Sea Check Initiative, Reagan was about 600 miles (1,000 km) east of Taiwan on Wednesday.

However, China’s state broadcaster CGTV quoted Meng Xiangqing, a professor at the National Defense University, as saying that Beijing had limited firing range to the east of the island for the first time and that USS Ronald Reagan had since retreated a few hundred. kilometres.

The US Navy did not confirm these reports.

Former Chinese Ambassador to the United KingdomAnd the Liu XiaomingI made some bold allegations against the G7 countries this morning.

If the G7 countries really care about peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, they should have urged the United States early on not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against China. Before Pelosi’s visit, those countries played fools and didn’t say a word.”

If the #G7 countries truly care about peace & stability in the #Taiwan Strait, they should have urged the #US early on not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against #China. Before #Pelosi’s visit, those countries played dumb & did not say a word.

— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) August 5, 2022

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if it was #G7 Countries really care about peace and stability in #Taiwan Strait, they should have urged #we Early not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against #China. Before #PelosiIn visiting these countries, these stupid countries played and did not say a word.

– 刘晓明 Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) August 5, 2022

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on Beijing to “act rationally and exercise restraint.”

As China begins military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with prudence and restraint.

Taiwan will not escalate the conflict, but we will firmly defend our sovereignty, security and democracy.”

With China initiating military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with reason & exercise restraint. Taiwan will not escalate conflict, but we will resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security & our democracy.https://t.co/CXNli5bTWG

— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 4, 2022

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As China begins military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act prudently and exercise restraint. Taiwan will not escalate the conflict, but we will firmly defend our sovereignty, security and democracy.https://t.co/CXNli5bTWG

– 蔡英文 Tsai Ingwen (iingwen) August 4, 2022

US warns mistakes could lead to conflict

The United States has condemned China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan during Major military exercises It’s an overreaction Visit Nancy Pelosi To the island, to urge Beijing to ease tensions.

White House spokesman John Kirby He said:

China chose to overreact and use the spokesperson’s visit as an excuse to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.

He added that the temperature is very high, “but tensions” could very easily go down once the Chinese stop these very aggressive military exercises.

In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Kirby said, “We’ve been watching this very closely.”

When asked if Pelosi’s trip led to Chinese military exercises, Kirby said:

The provocateur here is Beijing. They shouldn’t have reacted in this way to the perfectly normal travel of members of Congress to Taiwan… The Chinese are the ones who are stepping up from this.”

He also warned of the dangers of calculating drills, saying, “One of the annoying things about a drill like this or launching a missile like this is the risk of computation, the risk of something going wrong that could actually lead to some kind of conflict.”

city ​​police Anthony Blinken He said Washington had contacted Beijing “at all levels of government” in recent days to call for calm and stability.

“I very much hope that Beijing will not create a crisis or seek a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh.

Japanese PM: Chinese missiles ‘affect our national security’

Japan’s prime minister denounced China’s firing of ballistic missiles during military exercises around it TaiwanHe described it as a “serious problem that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens.”

Tokyo said five Chinese missiles appeared to have landed in the country’s exclusive economic zone, four of which are believed to have flown over the main island of Taiwan.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning:

This time, China’s actions have a serious impact on peace and stability in our region and the international community.

I told her that we demanded the immediate cancellation of the military exercises.”

Pelosi is in Tokyo on the last leg of an Asian tour that included a stop in Taiwan, infuriating Beijing, which launched its largest-ever military exercises around the self-ruled island in response.

Tokyo lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the military exercises that began on Thursday.

Parts of Japan’s southernmost region of Okinawa lie near Taiwan, as well as small islands at the center of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extends up to 200 nautical miles from its coast, outside the boundaries of its territorial waters.

Summary and welcome

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

I’m Samantha Lock and I will give you all the latest developments.

It’s 9 a.m. in Beijing. Here’s everything you missed:

  • China begins its second day of unprecedented live-fire exercises After massive military exercises were launched in the air and sea around Taiwan, Thursday, including the launch of ballistic missiles near the island, some of them landed in Japanese waters.
  • The exercises that included Missiles, attack helicopters and warplanesin response to a defiant visit to the island by US House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday.
  • The United States condemned the missile launch. “China chose to overreact and use the spokesperson’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby said.
  • Kirby also warned of the risk of error And calculating the exercises, saying, “One of the annoying things about exercises like this or firing missiles like this is the risk of computation, the risk of something going wrong that could actually lead to some kind of conflict.”
  • city ​​police Anthony Blinken said he “strongly hopes that Beijing will not create a crisis.” or seek to pretend to increase its aggressive military action.”
  • Foreign Ministers of 10 members of the ASEAN blocmeeting in Cambodia this week, He called for “maximum restraint”without mentioning the United States or China by name. It said in a statement that the situation could lead to “dangerous confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences between major powers.”
  • Japan said at least five of the 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles landed in its exclusive economic zonewhich extends 200 nautical miles (370 km) from the coast of Japan.
  • As Japan speculated so Four missiles flew over TaipeiThe capital of Taiwan, according to a statement issued by its US embassy.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the missiles flew high into the atmosphere and posed no threat to the island.
  • Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen urged Beijing to “act rationally and exercise restraint.” While maintaining Taiwan will not escalate the conflict but “resolutely defend our sovereignty, security and democracy.”
  • Foreign governments and multilateral groups Including G7 and ASEAN (ASEAN) condemned the hostilities and called for calm.
  • The exercises were in Unprecedented proximity to Taiwan, It included raids by PLA Navy warplanes and ships on the middle line of the Taiwan Strait – an unofficial border between China and Taiwan.
  • Workout notifications are set Six regions encircle Taiwan, with warnings to all ships and aircraft “not to enter relevant maritime and airspace areas”. Local media reported on Thursday that Seventh last minute announcement. Some areas overlap with Taiwan’s territorial waters, and are located near major shipping ports.
  • Taiwan has also been hit by several cyber attacksTargeting the websites of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Presidential Office.
  • The Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing said the dispute was an internal affair. “Our punishment of hard-line pro-Taiwan independence forces is reasonable and legitimate,” she said.

China begins its second day of unprecedented live-fire exercises
China begins its second day of unprecedented live-fire exercises