TAIPEI, Taiwan—China is continuing its military coercion against Taiwan on Aug. 5, the second day of its military drills encircling the island, with warplanes and vessels crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait that separates the two neighbors.
Calling the military drills “highly provocative,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said many Chinese military jets and warships had been seen in waters near Taiwan as of 11 a.m. local time, with some crossing the median line. Also known as the Davis Line, the median serves as an unofficial air and maritime buffer between China and Taiwan.
In response, the ministry said it has deployed aircraft, patrolling naval vessels, and land-based missile systems to monitor the situation.
Ballistic MissilesBeijing’s Friday military moves came a day after China launched 11 ballistic missiles into the waters around Taiwan. Japan said five of the missiles landed in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which extends 200 nautical miles from the country’s coast. Of the five missiles, Japan’s defense ministry said four had likely flown over Taipei.
CondemnationIn response to China’s missile launch, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on the Chinees regime to “act with reason and exercise restraint.” Tsai also appealed to the international community to “come together to put a halt to these unilateral and irrational military actions.”
“Beijing should not be under any false illusion that these military drills will lessen resolve in the United States or elsewhere, or erode our commitment to stand with the people of Taiwan and their right to determine their own future,” the senators stated. “Just the opposite.”
On Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Pelosi in Japan, the fifth stop of Pelosi’s Asia trip that has so far included Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and South Korea.
"I have informed speaker Pelosi that the fact China's ballistic missiles had landed near Japanese water including EEZ threatens our national safety and security and that Japan had strongly condemned such actions," Kishida said, according to Reuters.