China set to start live-fire military drills near Taiwan coast following Pelosi visit – live | Taiwan

Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Thursday that unidentified aircraft, probably drones, had flown on Wednesday night above the area of its Kinmen islands, which are just off the southeastern coast of China, and that it had fired flares to drive them away.

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A senior military official at Taiwan’s outlying Kinmen islands added that the situation is “normal” on the islands, including it military alertness level, according to a recent Reuters report.

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

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The G7’s top diplomats on Wednesday said they were “concerned by recent and announced threatening actions by the People’s Republic of China, particularly live-fire exercises and economic coercion, which risk unnecessary escalation”.

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The statement from the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the US and the EU, read:

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

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The PRC’s escalatory response risks increasing tensions and destabilising the region.

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It urged China not to “unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region, and to resolve cross-strait differences by peaceful means”.

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They also made clear there was “no change in the respective one-China policies, where applicable, and basic positions on Taiwan of the G7 members”.

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

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Following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s high-profile visit to Taiwan, the senior US official arrived in Seoul on Wednesday night as part of her Asian tour.

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

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However, South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol has no plans to meet Pelosi as he is currently on a summer holiday, an official at the presidential office told SCMP.

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The official denied earlier press reports that Yoon, who is taking a break at his home in Seoul, may head out to receive Pelosi.

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In the first place, there was no such a plan (for Yoon’s meeting with Pelosi) as the president’s vacation schedule coincides with her visit here.”

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

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Asked about Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan, she said: “Our government’s stance is that we will maintain close communication with the nations concerned on all issues under the banner of the need for peace and stability in the region through dialogue and cooperation.”

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Speculation mounted on social media.

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“Because of vacation? No way. Yoon is not meeting Pelosi as he is nunchi-ing around China,” one post read. Had this happened to Yoon’s predecessor – liberal former president Moon Jae-in – conservatives and news media would have “raised hell with it” and accused Moon of nunchi-ing around Beijing, the post added.

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The former Chinese ambassador to the UK issued a scathing statement overnight, warning the US to stop obstructing China’s “great cause of reunification” and describing the process as a “historical inevitability”.

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Liu Xiao Ming said:

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The United States should not fantasise about obstructing China’s great cause of reunification. Taiwan is part of China.

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Realising complete national reunification is the general trend and a historical inevitability. We will never leave any space for ‘Taiwan independence’ split and interference from external forces.

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No matter what way the US supports and condones ‘Taiwan independence’, it will ultimately be a sham, and it will only leave more ugly records of the US grossly interfering in other countries’ internal affairs in history.

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The Taiwan issue was born out of the country’s weakness and chaos, and it will surely end with the rejuvenation of the nation in the future.”

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美国不要幻想阻挠中国的统一大业。台湾是中国的一部分。实现国家完全统一是大势所趋,是历史必然。我们绝不会为“台独”分裂和外部势力干涉留下任何空间。美方不论以什么方式支持纵容“台独”,最终都将是竹篮打水一场空,只会在历史上留下更多美国粗暴干涉别国内政的丑陋记录。

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

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Hello and welcome 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 approaching 7am in Beijing. Here is everything you might have missed:

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  • China is to begin a series of unprecedented live-fire drills that would effectively blockade the island of Taiwan, just 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.
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  • Taiwan has characterised the drills as a violation of international law. The drills will last until Sunday afternoon – and will include missile tests and other “military operations” as close as nine miles to Taiwan’s coastline.
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  • Ahead of the drill, Taiwan said 27 Chinese warplanes had entered its air defence zone.
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  • Pelosi arrived in Taipei on Tuesday night under intense global scrutiny, and was met by the foreign minister Joseph Wu and the US representative in Taiwan, Sandra Oudkirk.
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  • Pelosi addressed Taiwan’s parliament on Wednesday before having public and private meetings with the president, Tsai Ing-wen. “Our delegation came to Taiwan to make unequivocally clear we will not abandon Taiwan, and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” she said, adding that US solidarity with Taiwan was “crucial” in facing an increasingly authoritarian China.
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  • In a later statement, she said China could not prevent world leaders from travelling to Taiwan “to pay respect to its flourishing democracy”.
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  • Pelosi’s trip generated condemnation from Beijing and sparked fears of a new Taiwan strait crisis.
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  • China vowed “consequences” and announced military exercises in waters around the island on Thursday to show its dissatisfaction.
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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry accused Beijing of planning to violate the international convention on the law of sea, by breaching Taiwan’s sovereign territory.
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  • Taiwanese authorities have said the proximity to some major ports combined with orders for all aircraft and sea vessels to steer clear of the area amount to a blockade.
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  • While China’s military often holds live-fire exercises in the strait and surrounding seas, those planned for this week encircle Taiwan’s main island and target areas within its territorial sea.
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Key events

Drones reported over Kinmen Islands overnight

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday that unidentified planes, likely drones, flew over the area of ​​its Kinmen Islands, just off China’s southeast coast, on Wednesday night and fired flares to drive them away.

A senior military official from the Taiwan periphery Kinmen Islands added that the situation is “normal” on the islands, including its level of military vigilance, according to a recent Reuters report.

G7 calls on China to resolve Taiwan dispute

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

Senior G7 diplomats said on Wednesday they were “concerned about recent and announced threatening actions by the People’s Republic of China, in particular live-fire exercises and economic coercion, which risk unnecessary escalation.”

The statement from the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US and EU reads:

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

The PRC’s escalating reaction risks increasing tensions and destabilizing the region.

He urged China not to “unilaterally change the status quo by force in the region and resolve cross-strait disputes through peaceful means.”

They also clarified that there was “no change in the respective one-China policies, if any, and basic positions on Taiwan of the G7 members.”

[We] encourage all parties to remain calm, exercise restraint, act with transparency and maintain open lines of communication to avoid any misunderstandings.

South Korea’s president won’t meet Pelosi in Seoul on vacation

Following the Speaker of the United States House Nancy PelosiDuring the high-profile visit to Taiwan, the senior US official arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening as part of her Asian tour.

The lawmaker, who is second in line to the U.S. presidency, will meet South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and leaders of the ruling conservative People Power Party and the ruling party on Thursday. opposition, the Democratic Party of Korea.

However, the South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol does not intend to meet Pelosi as he is currently on summer vacation, a presidential office official told SCMP.

The official denied earlier press reports that Yoon, who is on a break at his home in Seoul, may be leaving to receive Pelosi.

First, there was no such plan (for Yoon’s meeting with Pelosi) because the president’s vacation schedule coincides with his visit here.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will not meet US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he is currently on summer vacation. Photograph: Document from the Presidential Office / EPA

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

Asked about Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan, she said: “Our government’s position is that we will maintain close communication with the nations concerned on all issues under the banner of the need for peace and stability in the region by the dialogue and cooperation.

Speculation is mounting on social media.

“Because of the holidays? Certainly not. Yoon is not meeting Pelosi as he is walking around China,” one post read. If this had happened to Yoon’s predecessor – former liberal President Moon Jae-in – conservatives and the media would have “saved the hell out of it” and accused Moon of nunchi-ing around Beijing, the message added.

China claims Taiwan territory as ‘historical inevitability’, says former UK ambassador

China’s former ambassador to the UK issued a scathing statement overnight, warning the US to stop obstructing China’s ‘great cause of reunification’ and describing the process as ‘historic inevitability’ .

Liu Xiaoming said:

The United States must not fantasize about obstructing the great cause of China’s reunification. Taiwan is part of China.

Realizing complete national reunification is the general trend and a historical inevitability. We will never leave room for the split of “Taiwan independence” and interference from outside forces.

However the United States supports and tolerates “Taiwan independence”, it will ultimately be a sham, and it will only leave uglier records of blatant US interference in Taiwan’s internal affairs. other countries in history.

The Taiwan issue was born out of the country’s weakness and chaos, and it will surely end with the rejuvenation of the nation in the future.

美国不要幻想阻挠中国的统一大业。台湾是中国的一部分。实现国家完全统一是大势所趋,是历史必然。我们绝不会为“台独”分裂和外部势力干涉留下任何空间。美方不论以什么方式支持纵容“台独”,最终都将是竹篮打水一场空,只会在历史上留下更多美国粗暴干涉别国内政的丑陋记录。

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

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The United States must not fantasize about obstructing the great cause of China’s reunification. Taiwan is part of China. Realizing complete national reunification is the general trend and a historical inevitability. We will never leave room for the split of “Taiwan independence” and interference from outside forces. However the United States supports and tolerates “Taiwan independence”, it will ultimately be a sham, and it will only leave uglier records of blatant US interference in internal affairs. other countries in history.

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

Summary and welcome

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

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll bring you all the latest developments.

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

  • China to start series of unprecedented live-fire exercises it would effectively block the island of Taiwan, just hours after the departure of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose controversial visit this week raised fears of a crisis in the Taiwan Strait.
  • Taiwan called the drills a violation of international law. The exercises will last until Sunday afternoon – and will include missile tests and other “military operations” as close as nine miles to the Taiwanese coast.
  • Ahead of the drill, Taiwan said 27 Chinese fighter jets entered its air defense zone.
  • Pelosi arrived in Taipei on Tuesday night under intense global scrutinyand was hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and US Representative to Taiwan Sandra Oudkirk.
  • Pelosi addressed Taiwan’s parliament on Wednesday before having public and private meetings with President Tsai Ing-wen. “Our delegation came to Taiwan to say unequivocally that we will not abandon Taiwan, and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” she said, adding that American solidarity with Taiwan was “crucial” in the face of a increasingly authoritarian China.
  • In a later statement, she said China could not prevent world leaders from visiting Taiwan “to pay tribute to its thriving democracy.”
  • Pelosi’s trip drew condemnation from Beijing and raised fears of a new crisis in the Taiwan Strait.
  • China promised ‘consequences’ and announced military drills in the waters around the island on Thursday to show its displeasure.
  • The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense has accused Beijing of wanting to violate the international convention on the law of the sea, by violation of the sovereign territory of Taiwan.
  • Taiwan authorities said the proximity to some major ports combined with orders for all aircraft and seagoing vessels to stay away from the area equivalent to a blockade.
  • While the Chinese military often holds live-fire drills in the strait and surrounding seas, those scheduled for this week encircle the main island of Taiwan and target areas in its territorial sea.

China to conduct series of live-fire military drills in waters surrounding Taiwan
China to conduct series of live-fire military drills in waters surrounding Taiwan

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