Chinese planes and ships conducted mock attack drills, Taiwan says – live news | Taiwan

The deputy head of Taiwan defence ministry’s research and development unit has been found dead in hotel in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, according to the official Central News Agency.

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Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy head of the military-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57. The cause of his death is unknown, CNA reported.

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Ou Yang, who was in charge various missile production projects, had been on a business trip to Pingtung.

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The military-owned body is working to more than double its yearly missile production capacity to close to 500 this year, as the island boosts its combat power amid what it sees as China’s growing military threat, according to Reuters.

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Taiwan’s defence ministry has said that some Chinese aircraft and ships carried out simulation attack exercises towards the main Taiwan Island on Saturday, Reuters senior correspondent in Taipei Yimou Lee has tweeted.

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Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.

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#TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY: SOME OF THE CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CARRIED OUT SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS THE MAIN TAIWAN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

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Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s continuing live coverage of the Taiwan crisis. Here’s a summary of the latest developments as it passes 10.30am in Taipei.

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  • The US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers have urged China to immediately cease military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement after meeting in Phnom Penh on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers’ gathering, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and the foreign ministers of Australia and Japan, Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa, “expressed their concern about the People’s Republic of China’s recent actions that gravely affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises”. They also “condemned the PRC’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which the Japanese government reported landed in its exclusive economic zones, raising tension and destabilising the region”.
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  • The Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, walked out of a plenary session in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi, spoke on Friday. Wang called a rare news conference late on Friday, where he accused the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, of spreading misinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “contemptible farce” and stressed China’s military response to it was “firm, forceful and appropriate”.
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  • The US special envoy on climate change John Kerry said China’s decision to suspend bilateral talks on climate change with the US does not punish Washington, “it punishes the world”. “No country should withhold progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” said the former US secretary of state, who is currently the Biden administration’s top climate diplomat. US national security council spokesperson, John Kirby, also told reporters that China’s decision to halt cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
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  • Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, said Chinese military drills near Taiwan, were a threat to regional security. Beijing announced four days of drills that are expected to finish on Sunday. The drills are a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters, speaking after a meeting with the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in Tokyo on Friday.
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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Friday the island’s military had dispatched aircraft and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor ships and aircraft that briefly crossed the Taiwan strait median line. On Thursday, China fired multiple missiles into waters surrounding Taiwan. The defence ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. It gave no details of their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns. Taiwan also said it scrambled jets on Friday to warn away 49 Chinese aircraft in its air defence zone, according to Reuters. All 49 Chinese aircraft crossed the Taiwan strait median line, the ministry said in a statement.
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  • North Korea has denounced Nancy Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability”, after the US House speaker expressed her commitment during a visit to South Korea to achieving the North’s denuclearisation.
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  • China has “historically been a victim of foreign aggression”, its foreign ministry spokesperson said. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said: “China had historically been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the US still grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and attempts to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time.”
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Taiwan missile production official found dead in hotel

The deputy head of the Taiwanese Defense Ministry’s research and development unit was found dead at a hotel in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, according to the official Central News Agency.

Ou Yang Li-hsing, deputy director of the military’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, was 57. The cause of his death is unknown, CNA reported.

Ou Yang, who was in charge of various missile production projects, was on a business trip to Pingtung.

The military-owned body is striving to more than double its annual missile production capacity to nearly 500 this year as the island builds up its combat power amid what it sees as the threat China’s growing military, according to Reuters.

Agence France-Presse reports a few more lines of North Korea’s comments on Pelosi’s trip to Asia.

She visited Seoul and the heavily fortified demilitarized zone, or joint security area between the two Koreas, earlier this week. Pelosi and his South Korean counterpart, National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, called for “strong and extensive deterrence against North Korea,” and pledged support for Washington and Seoul’s efforts to achieve the denuclearization of Pyongyang.

The North denounced Pelosi on Saturday for his talks with Kim and his visit to the JSA and Taiwan, AFP reports:

In addition to the deterrence talks, Pelosi “has appeared even in the Panmunjom Joint Security Area, completely betraying the view of the current US administration’s hostile policy towards the DPRK,” said Jo Yong Sam, an official. from the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. department, using the official name of the North.

“The United States is only adding fuel to the fire,” Jo added in a statement carried by Pyongyang’s official Korea Central News Agency. China is the North’s main ally and trading partner, and Pyongyang also lambasted Pelosi during his visit to Taiwan.

“Pelosi, the worst destroyer of international peace and stability…has angered the Chinese people for her recent trip to Taiwan,” the Foreign Ministry’s Jo said in the statement.

“The United States will have to pay dearly for every source of trouble she has created wherever she has gone.”

The North’s rebuke comes about a week after Kim Jong Un said his country was “ready to mobilize” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the United States and Seoul.

North Korea has conducted a record campaign of weapons testing so far this year, including firing a full-range intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time since 2017.

Some additional details from the Taiwan Ministry of Defense on what it describes here as a “possible simulated attack”.

The Taiwanese military used naval patrol boats and land-based missiles to deal with the situation, the report said.

Multiple PLA craft were detected around Taiwan Strait, some have crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCArmedForces have utilized alert broadcast, aircraft in CAP, patrolling naval vessels, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.

— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

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Several PLA devices were detected around the Taiwan Strait, some crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCARmedForces used alert broadcast, aircraft in the CAP, patrolling warships, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.

— Ministry of National Defense, ROC 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

Chinese planes and ships conducted mock attack drills

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said some Chinese aircraft and ships carried out mock attack drills toward the mainland of Taiwan on Saturday, Reuters Senior Taipei Correspondent Yimou Lee tweeted.

Several batches of Chinese planes and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.

#TAIWAN DEFENCE MINISTRY: SOME OF THE CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CARRIED OUT SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS THE MAIN TAIWAN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

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#TAIWAN DEFENSE MINISTRY: SOME CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CONDUCTED SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS TAIWAN MAIN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly also urged China to cease its military actions in the air and sea around Taiwan.

“Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security,” she said in a statement on Twitter.

Canada is deeply concerned by the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We strongly urge the PRC to halt its coercive military and economic actions.

— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

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Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We urge the PRC to end its coercive military and economic actions.

— Melanie Joly (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at Malacañang Palace in Manila this morning.

Blinken reportedly said the relationship between their two countries was extraordinary, built on friendship, and said Washington was committed to their joint defense pact.

Marcos Jr said the current geopolitical context shows the importance of these links. Marcos Jr also said he did not believe Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan had increased the intensity of the conflict in the region. “It just goes to show, how intense this conflict has been,” he said, according to reports from GMA News Online.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken now in Malacañang for his meeting with President Bongbong Marcos Jr. 📸: MPC POOL @gmanews @gmanewsbreaking pic.twitter.com/njxmYumEjF

— 👑Anna Felicia (@annafelicia_) August 6, 2022

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The chairman of this week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings said on Saturday that discussions among foreign ministers on the tensions in Taiwan had been lively and included solid arguments, but that disputes were best handled with words, Reuters reports.

Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia’s foreign minister, told a meeting of foreign ministers that they should have calm, dignified, polite and civilized talks.

“The most important thing is that we keep talking to each other,” he told a news conference.

Earlier this week, ASEAN foreign ministers called for “maximum restraint” regarding the Taiwan Strait, warning that the situation could lead to “serious confrontations, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences between major powers”.

Summary

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s ongoing live coverage of the Taiwan crisis. Here is a summary of the latest developments as it passes 10:30 a.m. in Taipei.

  • US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers urged China to immediately halt military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement after a meeting in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Ministers foreigners from Australia and Japan, Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa, “have expressed concern over recent actions by the People’s Republic of China which seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises They also “condemned the PRC’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which the Japanese government says have landed in its exclusive economic zones, raising tensions and destabilizing the region.”
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov walked out of a plenary session in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat Yoshimasa Hayashi was speaking Friday. Wang called a rare press conference on Friday night, where he accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of spreading misinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “despicable farce” and stressed that China’s military response was “firm, forceful and appropriate”.
  • US special envoy on climate change John Kerry said China’s decision to suspend bilateral climate change talks with the United States does not punish Washington, “it punishes the world”. “No country should delay progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” said the former US secretary of state, who is currently the Biden administration’s top climate diplomat. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby also told reporters that China’s decision to suspend cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Chinese military exercises near Taiwan are a threat to regional security. Beijing has announced four days of exercises which should end on Sunday. The drills are a “serious issue that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters after a meeting with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Tokyo on Friday.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Friday that the island’s military has dispatched planes and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor ships and planes. which briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait. On Thursday, China fired several missiles into the waters surrounding Taiwan. The Defense Ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. He gave no details of their flight paths, citing intelligence issues. Taiwan also said it dispatched jets on Friday to warn 49 Chinese planes in its air defense zone, according to Reuters. The 49 Chinese planes crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a statement.
  • North Korea has denounced Nancy Pelosi as ‘the worst destroyer of international peace and stability’after the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives expressed her commitment during a visit to South Korea to achieve the denuclearization of the North.
  • China has “historically been the victim of foreign aggression”, its Foreign Ministry spokesman said. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said, “China has always been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the United States still grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and tries to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time.

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