China conducts live-fire exercises around Taiwan during Pelosi’s visit

An announcement from the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army announced that a series of exercises will take place starting Tuesday night in the sea and air around Taiwan, the autonomous island that China says is its sovereign territory.

“This action is a serious deterrent to the recent significant escalation of negative actions by the United States on the Taiwan issue, and a serious warning to the ‘Taiwan independence’ forces seeking ‘independence,'” the Eastern Theater Command said in a statement.

The Eastern Theater is one of five joint commands of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with jurisdiction over China’s eastern coastal provinces Fujian and Zhejiang, located opposite and above Taiwan.

China’s Defense Ministry said the PLA is “on high alert and will launch a series of targeted military operations to confront the situation, resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and thwart the interference of outside forces and ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist plans.”

In an unusual move, Chinese state media outlets posted on Twitter a map showing six regions around Taiwan where it said the People’s Liberation Army would conduct exercises, including live-fire exercises, from Thursday to Sunday.

The announcement came after a US Air Force plane carrying Pelosi landed in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, the first time a US House speaker has visited Taiwan in 25 years.

China did not specify what exercises or units it would take part in.

The People’s Liberation Army was active in exercises across the region in the days leading up to Pelosi’s visit. Training is usually held at this time of year to celebrate Army Day, the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

Pelosi and her congressional delegation said in a statement that the visit “respects America’s steadfast commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.”

“Our discussions with the Taiwanese leadership will focus on reaffirming our support for our partner and advancing our common interests, including moving the Indo-Pacific region forward,” the statement said.

The House speaker wrote an opinion piece published in the Washington Post after her arrival, saying her trip demonstrated the United States’ commitment to Taiwan under threat from China. “In the face of the accelerating aggression of the Chinese Communist Party, our delegation’s visit to Congress must be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom,” Pelosi wrote.

The United States has supplied Taiwan with defensive weapons under the terms of the Taiwan Relations Act for decades, but remains deliberately ambiguous about whether it would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion — a policy known as “strategic ambiguity.”

China’s ambassador to the United States, Chen Gang, told CNN reporter John King that Beijing has its sovereign rights to take action on Pelosi’s visit.

“China has every right to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are fully justified to do what we must. The current situation is purely made by the US side, so it must of course bear the responsibilities,” Qin said.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said 21 Chinese warplanes intruded into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the day of Pelosi’s arrival.

The incursion was carried out by 10 J-16 fighters, 8 J-11 fighters, a Y-9 electronic warfare aircraft, a Y-8 electronic intelligence aircraft, and a KJ- airborne early warning and surveillance aircraft. 500, a Taiwanese defense aircraft. The ministry said in a statement Tuesday evening.

In response, the Taiwanese military issued radio alerts and deployed air defense missile systems to monitor the activities.

China frequently sends warplanes to the ADIZ declared by Taiwan. The largest number of incursions ever recorded was on October 4 last year, when 56 military aircraft flew into the area on the same day.

ADIZ is unilaterally imposed and distinct from sovereign airspace, which is defined under international law as extending 12 nautical miles from the territory’s coastline.

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