Five ballistic missiles launched by China landed in the waters of Japan's exclusive economic zone on Aug. 4, prompting an international outcry against the communist regime.
"We have protested strongly through diplomatic channels."
Taiwan Warns CCP Could 'Invade' Local WatersThe military exercises are the largest ever conducted by the CCP across the Taiwan Strait. They include joint naval, air, and missile forces, operating in six areas surrounding Taiwan.
Notably, some of the exercise areas, which the CCP has declared "prohibited" to international travel, occur within 10 miles of Taiwan's coastline. A nation's sovereign waters end 12 miles from the coastline, according to international law.
"If they send in their fighters or their warships to enter our territorial sea, that means China invaded our territory and we will have our standard operation procedure to respond to that," Wang said.
"We don't want to provoke any conflict here, but whoever dares to invade our country, our home, we have our obligation to defend our home."
Despite China's claims, Taiwan has been self-governed since 1949, has never been controlled by the CCP, and boasts a democratic government and thriving market economy.
US, China at Loggerheads Over Status QuoThe CCP's escalations in the region follow a highly publicized visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which the CCP leadership loudly protested. Both China and the United States have used the ensuing tensions to accuse one another of unilaterally attempting to change the status quo regarding Taiwan.
The United States maintains a "One China" policy, which acknowledges but doesn't endorse the CCP's principle that there is one inalienable China of which Taiwan is a part. It's also bound by treaty to supply Taiwan with the arms necessary for Taiwan to defend its de facto independence. Further, the documents that form the basis of China and the United States' agreement on the Taiwan issue demand that neither side seek to unilaterally change the current status quo through force or coercion.
Likewise, however, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said that the language of the United States' agreements with China indicated that the nation would be willing to go to war to defend Taiwan from a CCP invasion.
"It's China that is undermining the "One China" policy as all sides have understood it now for 50 years, and it's China changing the status quo through force. Those are just the facts of the matter."
Despite the CCP's claims that Pelosi's visit constituted a "secessionist" push away from the status quo, the White House was quick to note that congressional delegations visit Taiwan with some frequency, including multiple times this year which received relatively little or no attention from the CCP.
Taiwan's political and military leadership have also defended the visit, and have vowed to defend Taiwan's territory and democratic way of life from CCP aggression.