China’s missile attack on Taiwan increased tension
Angered by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China imposed a blockade on Taiwan upon her return and fired missiles at Taiwan’s border for the first time in 26 years as part of a four-day live-fire drill on Thursday. At the same time, Taiwan has also activated the Patriot missile defense system purchased from the US to respond to China. Along with this, Taiwan has canceled all its flights due to the Chinese attack. As a result, tensions between the two countries have reached a peak. Apart from this, America has also sent its warship USS Ronald Reagan stationed in the Philippine Sea to help Taiwan, keeping an eye on the whole situation.
With the departure of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Taiwan, China on Thursday started military exercises in six areas around Taiwan. China began the exercise with live fire drills using long-range rocket artillery and conventional missiles in pre-determined areas on the eastern side of the Taiwan Strait. China has deployed many warships, fighter jets, missiles for this exercise. China is conducting military exercises just 9 nautical miles from the Taiwan border.
After China began the exercise at 12:00 noon, the PLA told the Eastern Theater Command that the army conducted a live fire drill with long-range artillery in the middle of the Taiwan Strait at around 1:00 p.m. Many of those missiles hit specific targets with near-perfect accuracy. China also went viral with several video clips of the attack. Many posts claim that China is 125 km away from Taiwan. The missiles were launched from Pington in far eastern China’s Fujian province. According to Chinese media claims, the Chinese military fired several missiles and rocket artillery systems, including the DF-21, DF-26 and hypersonic DF-17.
China fired 11 missiles towards Taiwan as part of its military exercise. The government of Taiwan has also confirmed this. However, some of these missiles are reported to have landed in Japan. Japan’s Defense Minister said that five missiles fired by China have landed in Japanese territory. This is a serious matter, because it is directly related to the security of our country. We will not compromise on the safety of our people.
The exercise began after China threatened Taiwan to pay a heavy price for Nancy Pelosi’s visit. China considers Taiwan as its part while Taiwan considers itself an independent country. Nancy Pelosi’s visit has fueled fire as China prepares to bring Taiwan under its control through long-needed pressure.
At the same time, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said that the Chinese army on Thursday fired several ballistic missiles in the northeast and southwest of our country. The Taiwanese army is monitoring the situation. And the air defense system has been activated. Taiwan said that we are ready to face any situation, but we do not want conflict. The US has also warned China that China will not turn Nancy Pelosi’s visit into a crisis.
In response to China’s missile launch, Taiwan has also activated the Patriot missile defense system purchased from the US. The Patriot missile defense system is operated by the US and its allies. It is a combat proof weapon. The Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defense system to counter strategic ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. Taiwan has canceled all its airline flights while activating its defense system. However, it is not yet clear how much of an impact China’s live drill has had on shipments of processor chips and other goods needed by global industries.
China has ordered commercial ships and aircraft to stay away from military exercises that have begun encircling Taiwan on six sides. A Hong Kong newspaper quoted the South China Morning Post as an effective blockade of Taiwan by the Chinese military. About 40 flights to and from Taiwan have been canceled due to China’s exercise. The two sides, separated after the civil war in 1949, have no official ties, but they have some of the world’s busiest technology and manufacturing ties.