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Taiwan slams 'evil neighbor' China after missiles fly over island

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By Yimou Lee and Sarah Wu

Taiwan condemned its "evil neighbor" on Friday after China fired multiple missiles into its surrounding waters, as many as four of which flew over the island's capital Taipei in an unprecedented escalation during live-fire exercises.

China launched its largest ever military drills in the seas and skies around Taiwan on Thursday, a day after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi enraged Beijing by making a solidarity trip to the self-ruled island that China claims as its own.

Japan's defense ministry, which is tracking the exercises, first reported that as many as four of the missiles flew over Taiwan's capital. Japan also said that five of nine missiles fired towards its territory landed in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), also a first, prompting Tokyo to launch a diplomatic protest.

Later, Taiwan's defense ministry said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and constituted no threat. It did not give details of their flight paths, citing intelligence concerns.

China is arbitrarily destroying the world's most frequently used waterway with military exercises, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters in Taipei on Friday, referring to it as the "evil neighbor," when asked about China's missile launches.

China's actions are being condemned by neighboring countries and the world, Su added.

"That's unprecedented," Bonnie Glaser, a Washington-based Asia security specialist at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, said of statements that four ballistic missiles had been fired over Taiwan.

"In my view, the larger threat is that China is doing a rehearsal for a blockade, demonstrating it can block Taiwan's ports and airports, and prevent shipping," she said.

The drills are scheduled to continue until noon on Sunday.

China has said its relations with Taiwan are an internal matter.

"The U.S.-Taiwan collusion and provocation will only push Taiwan towards the abyss of disaster, bringing catastrophe to Taiwan compatriots," said a Chinese defence ministry spokesperson.

Responding to the Chinese drills, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan would not provoke conflicts but would firmly defend its sovereignty and national security.

Taiwan has been self-ruled since 1949, when Mao Zedong's communists took power in Beijing after defeating Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (KMT) nationalists in a civil war, prompting the KMT-led government to retreat to the island.

Beijing says it reserves the right to bring Taiwan under China's control, by force if necessary.

The White House condemned China's move as "irresponsible" and said it expected Beijing would continue to react in the coming days.

Pelosi, who is currently in Japan, told reporters that China could not isolate Taiwan by preventing Western officials from traveling there.

"This visit isn't about me, it's about Taiwan," she said.

During a news conference in Tokyo, Pelosi addressed the diplomatic storm caused by the congressional visit to Asia, and most specifically Taiwan.

"We have said from the start that our representation here is not about changing the status quo in Taiwan or the region," she told a news conference after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The congressional delegation led by Pelosi visited Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea earlier this week before arriving in Japan for the last leg of the tour.

Pelosi met Kishida at his official residence, where the Japanese prime minister said the two allies would work together to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, a key shipping route.

Japan, whose southernmost islands are closer to Taiwan than Tokyo, has warned that Chinese intimidation of Taiwan is an escalating national security threat.

"I have informed speaker Pelosi that the fact China's ballistic missiles had landed near Japanese water including EEZ threaten our national safety and security and that Japan had strongly condemned such actions," Kishida said.

© Thomson Reuters 2022.

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2 foreign countries arrange a meetup to discuss prosperity and partnership.

A random country gets infuriated, fires lethal weapons above the foreign country as a "show of force".

Communism is nothing but a real cancer to the human race. It's been way too long humans allowing this bizarre tumor to grow and ravage through its civilization, hindering and jeopardizing all human progress.

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OK China, time to put on your big boy ***** wipe your eyes from crying and stop having a tantrum because you didn't get your way. Atta boy, now go sit down in a corner and think about it.

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"This visit isn't about me, it's about Taiwan," she said.

I'm afraid it's about you. Weren't you the one who ripped up your President's State of the Union speech in half? You desire attention.

Japan's defense ministry, which is tracking the exercises, first reported that as many as four of the missiles flew over Taiwan's capital. 

That's just four. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) recently released a publication of the missiles reserves of each nation. Russia tops the list with 61000, China is next with 37000 and the whole of NATO have 19600. Taiwan has exactly 1400+ Missiles.

Likewise the Air Defense Saturation Capacity of each Nation was published on ISW.

Again Russia Tops the List with nearly 16000 Missiles geared for Interception while China is next with 11200 of which almost 1500 are in Fujian since the 2nd August. The Whole of NATO has around 6400 Missiles geared for interception while Taiwan has a mere 147.

This means the entire Japanese, US, Australian and Indian Navy (QUAD) can successfully intercept approximately 1600–2400 Missiles from China before the air is clear.

And if they do not interfere - Taiwan will simply be unable to withstand a barrage of missiles for more than 3–4 Days tops. Fortunately China is not going to bomb Taiwan like the US did Iraq. It is just breathing fire.

Pelosi has given China the chance to test their missiles to obtain valuable data in case of an invasion.

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China attempting to provoke a military reply from Taiwan after firing missiles that flew directly over its main population center, the capital Taipei. If they had tried doing that to America there would already be war. Xi's frustration is clear for everyone to see, so much so he is willing to take actions that spark a war.

Now a new precedent has been established where by China can launch missiles over Taiwan without reply. A new and dangerous status quo has been reached putting the people of Taiwan in even more danger from their hostile neighbor China.

Jinping Xi has lost the plot and the people of Taiwan and the Chinese military are in a greater danger today and tomorrow than they have been in decades. It is time for the extremist leader of China to be replaced by a moderate that still has his sanity.

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Oh boy, proving what we already knew they could do.

I suppose one should be thankful that it was limited to (bigger) huffing and puffing, but still....

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“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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Echoing what other commenters above have said, what I fear is that China might considering firing missiles over Taiwan during every hostility. It won't stop there. I wonder if any of these missiles "malfunction" and unintentionally crash inside Taiwan and damages anything, how would Taipei respond?

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Just as predicted, China set Pelosi up, now using her visit as an excuse to ramp up exercises geared to implement an invasion and blockade of Taiwan. China was going to that anyway but wanted an excuse to do so.

The world needs to stop worrying about "provoking" China. They already have an agenda that they are determined to implement.

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Communism is nothing but a real cancer to the human race. It's been way too long humans allowing this bizarre tumor to grow and ravage through its civilization, hindering and jeopardizing all human progress.

Luckily China grew to central integration into the globe's capitalist market infrastructure by jettisoning almost everything "communist" about its socioeconomic system.

The Nordic countries are much more "socialist" than China now.

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Xi's frustration is clear for everyone to see, so much so he is willing to take actions that spark a war.

No, Xi does not want war. Once Pelosi landed in Taipei, this was inevitable. This is a classic example of unnecessary provocation on both sides. You have the Foreign Ministry of Affairs spokesperson Zhao Jianzhi, the Tucker Carlson of China, running his mouth. You have Pelosi running her mouth. She could have met with the TSMC management low key without all the pomp and circumstance. This has blown her cover.

A new and dangerous status quo has been reached putting the people of Taiwan in even more danger from their hostile neighbor China.

I am afraid you are right. This was why the Pentagon said that it was not a good idea, perhaps for the sake of the Taiwanese and peace in the region. Can Pelosi think ahead and consider the consequences?

Jinping Xi has lost the plot and the people of Taiwan and the Chinese military are in a greater danger today and tomorrow than they have been in decades.

No, actually both sides of the Straights wish to continue to develop trade and economics. I am afraid you are speaking of the hawkish commanders of the PLA and not Xi.

 unintentionally crash inside Taiwan and damages anything, how would Taipei respond?

Taipei can't respond. If they do, then there will be war. Taiwan must wait for the US to send carriers which cost millions of dollars. The US spent $90 million just protecting Pelosi to land in Taipei. They will have to swallow the costs as under law in a rules based society, the US is obligated to protect their democratic ally Taiwan.

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Luckily China grew to central integration into the globe's capitalist market infrastructure by jettisoning almost everything "communist" about its socioeconomic system. 

The Nordic countries are much more "socialist" than China now.

Hardly

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/10/27/nordic-countries-not-socialist-denmark-norway-sweden-centrist/

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/05/30/qlww-m30.html

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Xi couldn't care less whether or not Pelosi (or anyone else, for that matter) had a stopover in Taipei; all this talk of hurty Chinese feelings and nasty Americans is laughably transparent claptrap. The only people who buy this humbug are Han supremacists, tankies, self-flagellating liberals, and Tucker Carlson. Xi also knows, however, that Western media (social or print) readily indulge Russo-Chinese agitprop as a means to push their own agenda.

It is time we accept that China gonna China no matter what the rest of the world say or do (and plan accordingly).

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An elephant is not affected by the barking of a dog.

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China/Xi is a dangerous bully.

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The biggest mistake that US is making is slowly making the Taiwanese appear more and more like weak lackeys, and that was not the intention. Here Pelosi is responsible for making this mess.

The plan was and is to give the impression that conflict is a dispute between Taiwan and Mainland China with China as the bully. Now the situation implies that it's the East v the West, or China vs. the US, ; in other words, Taiwan is nothing more than a Western pawn.

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I think everyone should go visit Taiwan now.

Get your tickets

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TokyoLivingToday  02:13 pm JST

An elephant is not affected by the barking of a dog.

Yes. That's why Pelosi visited Taiwan despite China's warning.

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We need to stop China and will because the entire world just about is against the Chinese Government. Not the people. The Chinese Government.

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Communism is nothing but a real cancer to the human race.

I think what we are seeing is territorial nationalism. Very ugly, as we can see with Ukraine and Russia. But I still don't hear many western leaders pushing the principle of "self-determination of peoples" whether it's for Crimea, Donbas, Catalonia, or even Taiwan.

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"The U.S.-Taiwan collusion and provocation will only push Taiwan towards the abyss of disaster, bringing catastrophe to Taiwan compatriots," said a Chinese defence ministry spokesperson.

Might be something to consider when the next politician thinks it is a good idea to be flown to Taiwan just to incite China.

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@quercetum

Here Pelosi is responsible for making this mess.

Even if you are accurate, and there's substance in this ^ statement, which I doubt, very much, it all started long ago, well before Pelosi even mattered.

Google thousands of missile aimed at Taiwan and you'll see China has always wanted to create a 'mess' so that Taiwanese would gravitate towards 'tidiness'. Except Hong Kong has well and truly demonstrated no ethnic Chinese person would ever get 'tidiness' from the CCP.

If there's one common enemy of ethnic Chinese everywhere, it's the CCP, and they only have themselves to blame for it all.

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This action is like a tantrum of a child that did not get what it wanted! Again China is doing what China is best at and that is to isolate itself and show it's true colors for the whole world to see, that it is a bully and untrustworthy in business and politics!!!

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Not the people. The Chinese Government.

Are you serious?! Have you been reading what your Chinese people been saying?

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I would not be surprised if the Xi government now attacks and takes over Quenoy islands. This is something militarily possible, it would give Xi a much needed propaganda boost and at the same time be a slap in the face of the US blustering administration, which will be unable to do something about it. Chances 50-50 at least.

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and at the same time be a slap in the face of the US blustering administration, which will be unable to do something about it. Chances 50-50 at least.

This administration is peculiar. With all that is happening, Biden is silent. Harris is no where to be seen. And this is what they come up with:

*At the same time, Mr. Kirby said that the United States would resume “freedom of navigation” movements, transiting Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait — but was waiting several weeks, an indication the White House wants the current Chinese exercise to end first. It is a strategy that has echoes of President Biden’s approach to Ukraine: Arm Taiwan, but *do not put American troops directly in harm’s way.

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Taiwan non response , should be a concern with the people of Taiwan,the Democratic Caucus will probably give Pelosi a scolding

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@albaleo

But I still don't hear many western leaders pushing the principle of "self-determination of peoples" whether it's for Crimea, Donbas, Catalonia, or even Taiwan.

I can probably explain why that might be. The right to self-determination of peoples is far more controversial than you might realise. If you read the interpretations of the UN Charter from the 1940s and the resolutions that invoke the right, you'll see that it has nothing to do with electoral democracy. It's actually a collective right of distinct racial and ethnic groups not to be ruled over by 'alien' peoples. The de-colonisation resolutions of the 1960s make this particularly clear. It doesn't apply to regions that vote to secede for whatever political reason. This way of looking at nations through a racial/ethnic lens has obviously fallen out of favour in the west, but it's what the right to self-determination of peoples has always meant. It goes without saying that the charter signatories had no intention of green-lighting every secessionist movement in their own countries and around the world.

So the question is 1.) Are the Chinese who fled to Taiwan now a distinct racial or ethnic group? 2.) Will they be recognised as such by the UNGA or some other UN body (just like various African peoples and the Palestinians). I don't think so. I think the Scots have a stronger case.

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Clearly Taiwan needs to implement something like Israel's Iron Dome - anti-missile battery (Shield).

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And as for China's accuracy .... they missed the whole island... obviously made in China.

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I remember the good old days when Ma was president - excellent relations, exchanges, business and trade. And then along came jealously from the other side of the Pacific, and the NGOs and human rights groups ramped up their shenanigans.

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I wonder, what would happen if the Chinese peoples found Freedom to choose and do what they wanted without interference from a few Politicals....

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Here Pelosi is responsible for making this mess.

No, China is responsible for their own actions. I bet you think that Ukraine is responsible for Russia's invasion too. Nope. Russia is responsible for it's own actions. That's how adults work. You don't blame others for your actions, especially when YOU escalate.

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