Chinese aircraft, warships participate in exercises in the Strait

  • Jake Chung / Staff Writer

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, 13 Chinese warships and 68 military aircraft were operating in the Taiwan Strait, crossing the Central Line on the second day of a four-day exercise in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. There was also an aircraft. Defense said.

Taiwanese jets escorted 49 Chinese aircraft out of China’s air defense identification zone, and the military used flares to scare off Chinese drones from over Kinmen.

“The government and military are closely monitoring China’s military exercises and information warfare operations and are ready to respond if necessary,” Tsai Ing-wen said on Twitter. “I call on the international community to support Taiwan’s democratization and stop the deterioration of the security situation in the region.”

Photo: Johnson Lai, AP

China’s Xinhua News Agency said fighters, bombers, destroyers and frigates were used in a “joint blockade operation”.

China launched 11 Dongfeng missiles on Thursday, four of which reportedly crossed mainland Taiwan at high altitude and five landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Commentators said Taiwan’s Patriot-III system could target missiles penetrating over Taiwan, but the east wind’s flight path is in space and too high for the Patriot system.

Cyberattacks peaked on Tuesday and have changed their tactics over the past two days. Executive Yuan spokesman Luo Bingcheng said hackers are now targeting his website at the ministerial level, saying hackers can steal data, slow traffic, block websites, He added that all attempts to change the content were denied.

The government is on high alert, and the Executive Yuan’s National Cyber ​​Security Technology Center is working around the clock to help government agencies handle technical issues, he added.

The White House said on Thursday it will implement air and sea transit through the Taiwan Strait in the coming weeks to comply with international law.

US plans include “standard air and sea transit through the Taiwan Strait” as Beijing is expected to continue its military operations in the Strait, said John Kirby of the US National Security Council. spokesperson said.

The transit would be consistent with a longstanding US approach to defending maritime freedom and international law, he added.

The strike group, led by the USS Ronald Reagan, “will remain in the general area to monitor the situation,” he said, confirming a Twitter post by the U.S. 7th Fleet that the group was conducting “normal operations” in the Philippine Sea. did. ”

Kirby said it would last “a little longer” than planned, adding that the US was “ready for what Beijing has chosen” and would continue to support Taiwan in accordance with its “One China” policy.

The White House has postponed a long-planned test of the US Air Force’s Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing, he said.

“As China seeks to destabilize its military exercises around Taiwan, the United States is instead demonstrating its conduct as a responsible nuclear power by reducing the risk of miscalculation and misunderstanding,” Kerr said. Bee said.

With a range of more than 9,660 km, the nuclear-powered Minuteman III is key to America’s strategic arsenal.

Additional reports by Wu Su-wei and institutions

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