TAIPEI, Taiwan—China fired several Dongfeng ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan on Thursday, drawing condemnation from the island’s defense ministry.
The missile launch was reported by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense at around 3:30 p.m. local time, and the missiles landed into water around Taiwan’s northeast and southwest.
According to the ministry, China began firing the missiles at around 1:56 p.m. local time. However, the ministry did not say the range of the missiles.
In response, the Taiwanese ministry said it activated its defense system and strengthened its combat readiness.
Just before 6 p.m. local time, the ministry issued another statement, saying that China fired a total of 11 Dongfeng missiles as of 4 p.m. local time.
China has reported firing missiles as part of its planned exercises on Aug. 4. According to China’s state-run media, the Chinese military’s rocket force under the East Theater Command fired “multiple types of conventional missiles,” accurately hitting targets in water east of Taiwan.
“Today, our delegation, of which I’m very proud, came to Taiwan to make unequivocally clear, we will not abandon our commitment to Taiwan, and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” Pelosi said in Taiwan, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the self-ruled island.
The Chinese regime claims Taiwan as a part of its territory and opposes governments and international organizations interacting or forming ties with Taiwanese officials, as such actions suggest that the island is a de facto nation-state.
Some U.S. lawmakers have taken to Twitter to denounce China’s military drills encircling Taiwan.