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A Chinese J-11 military fighter jet flies above the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan, the closest land of mainland China to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan in southeastern China's Fujian Province, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. China says it is canceling or suspending dialogue with the U.S. on issues from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for a visit this week to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Taiwan says China military drills appear to simulate attack

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Taiwan said Saturday that China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan's armed forces issued an alert, dispatched air and naval patrols around the island, and activated land-based missile systems in response to the situation, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said on Twitter.

China launched live-fire military drills following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan earlier this week, saying that her visit violated the “one-China” policy. China sees the island as a breakaway province to be annexed by force if necessary, and considers visits to Taiwan by foreign officials as recognizing its sovereignty.

Separately on Saturday, Taiwan's army detected four unmanned aerial vehicles flying in the vicinity of the offshore county of Kinmen, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

The four drones, which Taiwan believed were Chinese, were spotted over waters around the Kinmen island group and the nearby Lieyu Island and Beiding islet, according to Taiwan’s Kinmen Defense Command.

Taiwan’s military fired warning flares in response.

“Our government & military are closely monitoring China’s military exercises & information warfare operations, ready to respond as necessary,” Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said in a tweet.

“I call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan & halt any escalation of the regional security situation,” she added.

Kinmen, also known as Quemoy, is a group of islands administered by Taiwan. The islands are located roughly 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) east of the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian province.

The Chinese military exercises began Thursday and are expected to last until Sunday. So far, the drills have included missile strikes on targets in the seas north and south of the island in an echo of the last major Chinese military drills in 1995 and 1996 aimed at intimidating Taiwan’s leaders and voters.

Taiwan has put its military on alert and staged civil defense drills, while the U.S. has numerous naval assets in the area.

The Biden administration and Pelosi have said the U.S. remains committed to a “one-China” policy, which recognizes Beijing as the government of China but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei. The administration discouraged but did not prevent Pelosi from visiting.

China has also cut off defense talks with the U.S. and imposed sanctions on Pelosi in retaliation for the visit.

Pelosi has been a long-time advocate of human rights in China. She, along with other lawmakers, visited Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1991 to support democracy two years after a bloody military crackdown on protesters at the square.

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They can simulate as much as they want. My neighbour simulates too. Hopefully not with me in mind! At least we know now their cunning plan. Make the welcome nasty.

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Yup...China deliberately threatened the US if Pelosi visited Taiwan, knowning that the US could not stand down. Then they use that visit, which really didn't change anything, as an excuse to carry out large scale drill all around Taiwan undoubedly a rehersal for an invasion and blockade. The world would have been up in arms if China had done this without any proclaimed "provocation" and an exciuse for a "response". Wonder what page in the Art of War this is laid out.

But don't worry, the US is not sleeping. US and Indian troops are carrying out joint exercises near the India-China border.

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The Chinese used the Pelosi visit to practice blockade and missile strikes.

But their real goal is try try to set a new precedent that US officials cannot visit Taiwan and that they can blockade as they see fit. Neither should be allowed to stand.

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This whole kerfuffle just goes to show how far the CCP has put itself in a box...

It stokes nationalism at every opportunity to deflect the Chinese people from the systemic corruption and human rights abuses it inflicts on them, then when the time comes when it would prefer a diplomatic solution, it is forced to engage in these military theatrics that are nothing but a waste of resources and money...

These exercises are not conducted to influence Taiwan, or the US, or Japan...they're to show the average Chinese their government isn't "weak"...

And it again reinforces that the only "enemy" the CCP's sees, is its own people...

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SsrpToday  05:47 pm JST

I say lets just have a war with the pathetic commie chinks

Offensive rascist terms are both inappropriate and unnecessary.

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There is little honour or a shred of ethics, morality, acceptance of the meaning of humane, benevolence to Xi Jinping actions.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent an entire political career, jamming democracy right up the Government of China hooter.

When  U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exited onto Taiwanese tarmac, the Government of China rational thinking melted away like ice cream, the red mist descended, and Xi Jinping dictatorship set about a brutal ruthless agenda to make sure Taiwan, its government, its people pay.

In many respects U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the last straw of any pretence of US/China cooperation that represented a fair, reliable, stable relationship.

At least that masquerade is out of the way,

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But don't worry, the US is not sleeping. US and Indian troops are carrying out joint exercises near the India-China border.

One thing I know for sure since I lived in India for roughly 8 years. This proud nation would NEVER allow the US to carry out joint exercises with India at the Sino-Indian border. This does no happen.

The US tried it with Nepal but this was also rejected and rejected not only because of China's opposition but also because of India's.

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taitoToday  06:35 pm JST

But don't worry, the US is not sleeping. US and Indian troops are carrying out joint exercises near the India-China border.

One thing I know for sure since I lived in India for roughly 8 years. This proud nation would NEVER allow the US to carry out joint exercises with India at the Sino-Indian border. This does no happen.

"US to take part in military exercise near India's disputed border with China"

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/06/india/india-us-military-exercise-line-of-actual-control-china-intl-hnk/index.html

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US should sell Taiwan some F35s so they can run some of their own simulations - over Beijing. Why should the CCP be untouchable while threatening others.

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Taiwan says China military drills appear to simulate attack

Well of course they do. What else would they drill? That said, there will not be an attack on the Taiwanese main island. However, it is entirely possible that, following Pelosis policy stunt, the CCP will annex some of the small Taiwanese outposts close to mainland China like Quemoy. That is entirely feasible, and would give Xi the needed propaganda boost.

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geronimo2006

Why should the CCP be untouchable while threatening others.

Interesting question. However, this is exactly what the US claims for itself. Is that OK?

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Itisonlyrocknroll

In many respects U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the last straw of any pretence of US/China cooperation that represented a fair, reliable, stable relationship.

I do not think so. Her sponsors are entirely in favour of continued dependence on China. Her policy stunt was entirely domestic (giving the current regime a fake foreign policy talking point before election, distracting from the string of disasters under Biden). As usual, what is most on the mind of American neocon-neolibs is domestic policy.

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A good opportunity for Taiwan to take notes on what China is doing in it's simulated invasion, so they can tailor one defensive plan to suit defending it. No doubt China will see what seems likely to work and will modify some things but this could be one blueprint of Chinese plans for the future, or part of them. Perhaps not smart for China to have done, especially if they follow it identically when they do try to invade in the future.

If China was smart, they would analyze just why so many people from all over the world risk life and limb to make a new life in the US, Europe, Australia etc and nobody does that to make a new life in China. What is so alluring about life in Europe and the west that China lacks completely. How can China become so popular that the world wants to emmigrate to China for a prosperous future for their families. If they can figure that out, and replicate it, they may just be able to entice Taiwan people to want to be a part of China. Failing that the only way to control Taiwan is via military invasion to conquer it.

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In many respects U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the last straw of any pretence of US/China cooperation that represented a fair, reliable, stable relationship.

I do not think so. Her sponsors are entirely in favour of continued dependence on China.

Hmmm......

https://www.vox.com/2016/10/5/13165868/donald-trump-china-factories-neckties

Her policy stunt was entirely domestic (giving the current regime a fake foreign policy talking point before election, distracting from the string of disasters under Biden).

Hmmm.....

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2022/08/05/july-jobs-report-unemployment-rate-3-5-528-000-jobs-added/10243309002/#:~:text=The%20unemployment%20rate%20fell%20from,according%20to%20a%20Bloomberg%20survey.

As usual, what is most on the mind of American neocon-neolibs is domestic policy.

As usual, what is most on the mind of the MAGA-elites is their grand jury subpoenas....LOL..

https://www.yahoo.com/news/federal-grand-jury-subpoenas-former-070632976.html

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Frankly, I am struggling to fully understand/comprehend how U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi official role integrates with US government stance on foreign policy?

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one minor mistake and the world will see the truth, it won't be pretty

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So...Taiwan and USA and Japan what are you doing about it huh ?

Not doing diddly squat are ya!

Absolutely pathetic !

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Russia and China think the USA is a joke !

Taiwan doesn't stand a chance and it knows it !

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US has been doing this for years in close proximity to North Korea, which is why they continue to feverishly test and develop a range of weapons

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War games are simulations designed to teach people how to deal with real problems they may face in a real fight. China is conducting training for a blockade and invasion of Taiwan. I wonder how they are training for the part when Taiwan shoots them down?

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In these troubling times I find it strangely relaxing to listen to Frankie goes to Hollywood’s 2 Tribes very loudly on repeat. Well, I did until all the banging on the walls and the shouting and the police knocking the door down.

I thought WW3 had broken out.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne

So...Taiwan and USA and Japan what are you doing about it huh ?

Not doing diddly squat are ya!

Absolutely pathetic !

What would you suggest?

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OssanJapan, American public will not enter a suicide pact,to defend a foreign country,so stop with the narrative about American , something you do not know about personally

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At least Taiwan pay their bills,and do not free load like Ukraine,Taiwan has a small population,that can mobilize, Ukraine could of bought the same weapons Ukraine did,they paid for their Himars,so they should get service first,NK to send 10 of thousands of troops to help Russia Google NK Volunteers Russia

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Frankly, I am struggling to fully understand/comprehend how U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi official role integrates with US government stance on foreign policy?

The speaker is responsible for ensuring that the House passes legislation supported by the majority party. In pursuing this goal, the speaker may use their power to determine when each bill reaches the floor. That means she can arrange for prime-time voting of things her party wants passed or dead-of-night voting for bills to fail or pass.

The House controls what gets funded. The US has been considering $2B in military support to Taiwan to counter the mainland. The more that China flexes, the more money will be provided to the country of Taiwan.

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Everyone DOES know that Taiwan was recognized as a sovereign country by the United Nations from 1949 until 1971, right? It was removed when the CCP got sufficient world political power to ahve them expelled. The ROC did not stay.

Efforts by the US to have them admitted to the UN as a separate state failed too. I could see why the CCP was a little unhappy with the ROC in 1971 and didn't want them in the UN at all after 22 yrs of claims that the ROC represented all of China.

Holding a grudge against Taiwan since 1971 is petty, but there are lots of petty disagreements in our world, as we all know.

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