Taiwan said Saturday that recent military drills from China appear to simulate an attack, the Associated Press reports.
Driving the news: Multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed into the Taiwan Strait earlier this week following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island, which angered Beijing.
What’s happening: Taiwan’s armed forces issued an alert Saturday and made a number of moves in response to China’s recent drills, including dispatching air and naval patrols around the island and activating land-based missile systems, the Ministry of National Defense said, per AP.
- At least 20 Chinese aircraft and 14 ships were still conducting exercises near the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said.
The other side: China’s Ministry of Defense said Saturday that it was carrying out military drills as planned and “testing the capabilities” of land strikes and sea assault, per AP.
State of play: After Pelosi visited Taiwan this week, China announced several days of live-fire drills — the largest Beijing has ever held in the Taiwan Strait, Reuters reports.
Threat level: Wang Ting-yu, a member of the Taiwanese parliament, told Axios that Taiwan would consider it an invasion if Chinese naval forces made their way into the island’s territorial waters.
- A Chinese military incursion within 10 miles of the self-governing island’s coast would trigger defensive protocols, Axios’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.
- Taiwan does not “want to provoke any conflict,” Wang told Axios. But, he said, “whoever dares to invade our country, our home, we have our obligation to defend our home.”