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Taiwan fires drones near Kinmen Islands to drive them away

Taiwan’s defense ministry said Thursday that unidentified aircraft, likely drones, flew over its territory of the Kinmen Islands, just off China’s southeast coast, on Wednesday night, and that it fired flares to drive them away. Fired.

A senior military official outside Taiwan Kinmen Islands A recent Reuters report added that the situation on the islands is “normal”, including a military alert level.

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Relics of Kinmen's wartime history are scattered across the islands.  Kinmen is part of Taiwan but only a few kilometers from the Chinese mainland.
Relics of Kinmen’s wartime history are scattered across the islands. Kinmen is part of Taiwan but only a few kilometers from the Chinese mainland. Photo: Helen Davidson/The Observer

Important events

US commitment to Taiwan’s democracy is ‘ironclad’

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concluded her visit to Taiwan on Wednesday with a pledge that the US commitment to democracy on the autonomous island and elsewhere is “ironclad.”

Pelosi received a standing ovation as the first US House speaker to visit in more than 25 years.

Before departing, a calm but determined Pelosi repeated previous remarks about the world facing a “choice between democracy and autocracy.”

America’s commitment to protecting democracy here in Taiwan and around the world remains ironclad.

The Biden administration and Pelosi have said the U.S. is committed to the so-called One China policy, which recognizes Beijing but allows for informal ties and defense ties with Taipei.

In gratitude for Pelosi’s decades of support for Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen presented her with a civilian honor, the Order of the Propitious Clouds.

I led a congressional delegation to Taiwan to make it clear that the United States stands with the people of Taiwan and all those committed to democracy and human rights.

Check out this video of our historic visit to Taipei. pic.twitter.com/TON6zB3x4s

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 3, 2022

Here are some more details about the suspect. Drone activity over the Kinmen Islands on Wednesday night.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Thursday that unidentified aircraft, possibly drones, flew over its Kinmen Islands territory on Wednesday night and that it fired flares to drive them away.
Army Major General Chang Zun sang Kinmen Defense Command The Chinese drones arrived in pairs and flew twice over the Kinmen area on Wednesday at around 9pm (1pm GMT) and at 10pm, Reuters reported.

We immediately flared up to issue a warning and chase them away. After that they turned around. They came into our restricted area and that is why we dispersed them,” he said.

We have a standard operating procedure. We will react if they come in,” Chang said, adding that the alert level there remained “normal”.

Chang said he believed the drones were intended to gather intelligence about security deployments on Taiwan’s remote islands.

Just off the southeast coast of China, near the city of Xiamen are the heavily fortified Kinmen Islands.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said last week, Taiwan’s military opened fire to warn off a drone that had “overlooked” its Matsu Island off the coast of China’s Fujian province and possibly probed its defenses. I was doing.

Taiwan fires drones near Kinmen Islands to drive them away

Taiwan’s defense ministry said Thursday that unidentified aircraft, likely drones, flew over its territory of the Kinmen Islands, just off China’s southeast coast, on Wednesday night, and that it fired flares to drive them away. Fired.

A senior military official outside Taiwan Kinmen Islands A recent Reuters report added that the situation on the islands is “normal”, including a military alert level.

Relics of Kinmen's wartime history are scattered across the islands.  Kinmen is part of Taiwan but only a few kilometers from the Chinese mainland.
Relics of Kinmen’s wartime history are scattered across the islands. Kinmen is part of Taiwan but only a few kilometers from the Chinese mainland. Photo: Helen Davidson/The Observer

The G7 asked China to resolve the Taiwan dispute.

The world’s most powerful democracies have criticized China for “increasing tensions and destabilizing the region” over its response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Top G7 diplomats said on Wednesday they were “concerned by recent and announced threats by the People’s Republic of China, particularly live-fire drills and economic repression, which risk an unnecessary escalation”.

The foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union said in a statement:

There is no justification for using the visit as a pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for our countries legislators to travel internationally.

An escalating PRC response risks escalating tensions and destabilizing the region.

He urged China “not to unilaterally change the status quo in the region by force, and resolve cross-Strait differences peacefully”.

He also clarified that “relevant One China policies, where applicable, and G7 members’ basic positions on Taiwan remain unchanged”.

[We] Encourage all parties to remain calm, exercise restraint, act with transparency, and maintain open lines of communication to prevent misunderstanding.”

The South Korean president will not meet with Pelosi in Seoul over the holiday.

Following the US House Speaker Nancy PelosiHigh-profile visit to Taiwan The senior US official arrived in Seoul on Wednesday night as part of his Asian tour.

The congresswoman, second in line to the US presidency, will meet on Thursday with South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and leaders of the ruling conservative People’s Power Party, as well as the opposition Democratic Party of Korea.

However, South Korea’s president… Yoon Suk Yul A presidential office official told SCMP there are no plans to meet with Pelosi as she is currently on summer vacation.

The official denied earlier press reports that Yoon, who is taking a break at his home in Seoul, might come out to welcome Pelosi.

At first, there was no such plan (for Yoon to meet with Pelosi) because the president’s vacation schedule coincided with him being here.

South Korean President Yoon Seok-yul will not meet with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she is currently on summer vacation.
South Korean President Yoon Seok-yul will not meet with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she is currently on summer vacation. Photo: Office of the President handout/EPA

The official said the presidential office “welcomes” Pelosi’s visit to South Korea and hopes her talks with National Assembly Speaker Kim will be fruitful.

Asked about Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan, she said: “Our administration’s position is that we will work closely with relevant nations on all issues under the banner of the need for peace and stability in the region through dialogue and cooperation. Will keep in touch.”

Speculations are rife on social media.

“Because of the vacation? Not at all. Yoon isn’t meeting Pelosi because he’s dancing around China,” one post read. The post added that if this had happened to Yoon’s predecessor – the liberal former President Moon Jae-in – conservatives and the news media would have “raised hell with him” and accused Moon of pandering to Beijing. was

Former ambassador to UK says China is claiming Taiwan territory as ‘historical inevitability’

China’s former ambassador to the UK issued a scathing statement overnight, warning the US against obstructing China’s “great goal of reunification” and describing the process as a “historic inevitability”.

Liu Xiaoming said:

The United States should not imagine hindering China’s great goal of reunification. Taiwan is part of China.

The realization of complete national unity is a general trend and a historical inevitability. We will never leave any room for the division of ‘Taiwan independence’ and the interference of foreign powers.

No matter how much the US supports and condones ‘Taiwan independence’, it will ultimately be a sham, and it will leave more ugly records of US meddling in the internal affairs of other countries in history. will

Taiwan’s problem stems from the country’s weakness and chaos, and it will surely end with the renewal of the nation in the future.

统一 国家。 台湾 是 大 势所 大 势所 趋 是 国家 是 是 不 不 会 会 会 为 支持 。。 我们 绝 绝 不 会 台独 台独 台独 支持 支持 外部 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力 势力我们干涉。 美方美方美美方美方安全美方美方电影安全我们终不不会会的大倊所大倊所大倊所大业大业大业是​​是中国中国中国中国中国中国中国中国的的的的的一,台容”台独”, eventually will be 竹纽打水场空, only in the history of history.

— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) August 3, 2022

Summary and welcome

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

I’m Samantha Locke and I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments.

It’s around 7am in Beijing. Here’s everything you might have missed:

  • China is about to begin a series of unprecedented live-fire exercises. That would effectively blockade the island of Taiwan, hours after the departure of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose controversial visit this week has sparked fears of a crisis in the Taiwan Strait.
  • Taiwan has called the exercises a violation of international law. The drills will continue until Sunday afternoon – and will include missile tests and other “military operations” about nine miles off Taiwan’s coastline.
  • Ahead of the exercise, Taiwan said 27 Chinese warplanes had entered its air defense zone.
  • Pelosi arrived in Taipei Tuesday night amid intense global scrutiny.and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and US Representative to Taiwan Sandra Odkirk met.
  • Pelosi addressed Taiwan’s parliament on Wednesday before public and private meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen. “Our delegation came to Taiwan to make it very clear that we will not abandon Taiwan, and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” he said, adding that US solidarity with Taiwan is an increasingly authoritarian China. was “important” in facing
  • In a later statement, he said China could not prevent world leaders from traveling to Taiwan to “respect its flourishing democracy”.
  • Pelosi’s trip was condemned by Beijing. And raised fears of a new Taiwan Strait crisis.
  • China promised “consequences”. And to show its displeasure, it announced military exercises in the waters around the island on Thursday.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry accused Beijing of violating the International Convention on the Law of the Sea. Violation of Taiwan’s autonomous territory.
  • Taiwanese authorities have said all aircraft and sea vessels have been ordered to leave the area due to the proximity of some major ports. Blockade amount.
  • While China’s military often conducts live-fire drills in the strait and surrounding seas, the drills planned for this week surround the main island of Taiwan and target areas in its territorial waters.

China will conduct a series of live-fire military exercises in the waters around Taiwan.
China will conduct a series of live-fire military exercises in the waters around Taiwan.

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