China’s People Liberation Army is now conducting live-fire missile exercises in several zones around Taiwan.
China’s Eastern Theater Command in a statement announced it has launched several missiles into Taiwan waters and was able to successfully hit their targets.
The new military activity comes just days after Rep. Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, despite China’s claim to shoot down her plane if she flew to Taiwan.
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NOW – China's PLA Eastern Theater Command begins live-fire military exercises in six zones around Taiwan.pic.twitter.com/jHRWH8kXQN
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CNN shared these details:
China fired multiple missiles toward waters near northeastern and southwestern Taiwan on Thursday, the island’s Defense Ministry said, as Beijing makes good on its promise that Taipei will pay a price for hosting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command said in a statement that multiple missiles had been fired into the sea off the eastern part of Taiwan. It said all the missiles hit their target accurately.
“The entire live-fire training mission has been successfully completed and the relevant air and sea area control is now lifted,” China’s statement said. Earlier, the Eastern Theater Command said it had conducted long-range, live-fire training in the Taiwan Strait, state broadcaster CCTV reported, as part of planned military exercises around the island.
Taiwan reported Chinese long-range rockets had fallen near its islands of Matsu, Wuqiu and Dongyin, which are in the Taiwan Strait, but located closer to the mainland than the main island of Taiwan.
The White House said it condemned China for its missile tests following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, saying that Beijing’s “proactive actions are a significant escalation” https://t.co/NB85ebcWma
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In response, the Pentagon canceled its missile test.
The Hill had more on the story:
The Pentagon for a second time will hold off on a planned intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch amid increased tensions with China over Taiwan, the White House confirmed Thursday.
“A long-planned Minuteman III ICBM test, scheduled for this week, has been rescheduled for the near future,” John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, told reporters at the White House daily briefing.
“As China engages in destabilizing military exercises around Taiwan, the United State is demonstrating instead the behavior of a responsible nuclear power by reducing the risks of miscalculation and misperception.”
The decision comes as China earlier on Thursday fired missiles into the Taiwan Strait and deployed planes and warships in the area. The activity is part of Chinese wargames to last through Sunday in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) visit to the island earlier this week.
The trip sparked Beijing’s rage, as it views the self-governing island as its territory under its “One China” policy.