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China unleashes its power: Global outrage as ballistic missiles fly over Taiwan

China Unleashes Its Power: Global outrage as ballistic missiles fly over Taiwan, prompting Japan to demand an ‘immediate’ halt to military exercises or risk destroying peace in the region

  • Five high-powered missiles launched from the mainland flew over Taiwan yesterday
  • Beijing’s test firing has sparked widespread international condemnation
  • It raised fears that another miscalculation by China could spark a war

China yesterday stepped up its military intimidation of Taiwan by firing ballistic missiles that flew over the island and landed in Japanese waters.

As promised by the ruling Communist Party, just before 2 p.m. local time, four days of war games around Taiwan began with wave after wave of rocket launches, while Chinese jets took to the skies and ten warships patrolled the sea.

Five high-powered missiles launched from the mainland flew over Taiwan, Japanese officials said, and crashed into the sea south of Hateruma Island, part of Okinawa. The series of islands are part of Japan‘exclusive economic zone’ extending 200 nautical miles offshore.

The test shot, which sparked widespread international condemnation, was Beijing‘s response to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi‘s controversial visit to Taiwan earlier this week.

China yesterday stepped up its military intimidation of Taiwan by firing ballistic missiles that flew over the island and landed in Japanese waters

It prompted an immediate diplomatic protest from Tokyo and raised fears that another miscalculation by China could spark a war. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said, “This is a serious issue affecting our country’s national security and the security of the people.”

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi called for an “immediate halt” to military exercises, adding, “China’s actions this time have serious implications for peace and stability in the region and the international community.”

And US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned: “Countries around the world believe that escalation serves nobody and could have unintended consequences that serve nobody’s interests.

“I sincerely hope that Beijing does not create a crisis or seek an excuse to step up its aggressive military activities.”

But concerns were seemingly brushed aside by the Chinese government last night as the People’s Liberation Army resumed dangerous drills.

Taiwan held its breath for two hours yesterday as China flexed its military muscles and launched 11 ballistic missiles, supported by a number of smaller, shorter-range missiles that landed northeast and southwest of the island

Taiwan held its breath for two hours yesterday as China flexed its military muscles and launched 11 ballistic missiles, supported by a number of smaller, shorter-range missiles that landed northeast and southwest of the island

Four of Beijing’s massive fleet of unmanned drones have been spotted over Taiwan’s Kinmen Islands near mainland China, prompting troops to fire flares to change course.

In another dramatic move, China announced it would extend the war games by a day, meaning missile attacks could continue through Monday.

Tensions in the South China Sea remained high last night, with US Navy ships patrolling international waters. US missile spy planes were dispatched to monitor the exercises.

Taiwan held its breath for two hours yesterday as China flexed its military muscles and launched 11 ballistic missiles, supported by a number of smaller, shorter-range missiles that landed northeast and southwest of the island. Beijing’s state media claimed that more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, and 10 warships took part in the exercises.

Taipei would not confirm whether missiles would have flown directly over the island, but Taiwanese politician Wang Ting-yu said any military attack would have dire consequences.

“We must let our enemy know: We are prepared. If you dare to do something stupid, you will fail and the price will be too high. Taiwan’s sincere hope is that we can keep peace and our sovereignty forever.

“And we hope that China can become a more rational and civilized country. But a country cannot live on dreams.’

As long as the drills continue, Beijing will effectively blockade its neighbor in what analysts fear could be practice for a full-scale invasion.

The Global Times, the English-language state newspaper in China, openly described the activities as “a rehearsal for the reunification operation.”

The war games also threaten to disrupt one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. Almost half of the world’s ships passed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the island from China in the first seven months of this year. Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to reunite Taiwan and mainland China, which separated after a civil war in 1949.

The military exercises he has sanctioned were backed by a rhetorical barrage from Beijing officials last night. Military expert Song Zhongping said the “extensive and highly targeted” operations demonstrated China’s “determination to resolve the Taiwan issue once and for all.”

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China unleashes its power: Global outrage as ballistic missiles fly over Taiwan

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