China simulates attack on key Taiwan targets, US warship arrives

On the third day of military exercises, 11 Chinese warships and 59 aircraft were counted

China continues its large-scale military maneuvers near Taiwan today for the third consecutive day. Among these, the simulation of several precision attacks on “key targets on the island of Taiwan and surrounding marine areas”.

Beijing’s military maneuvers are in retaliation for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s meeting with US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy last week.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said this morning that the Taiwanese military is closely monitoring the situation and has “reacted calmly.” Today, the ministry registered 59 fighter jets and 11 Chinese military vessels by 10:00 (02:00 GMT), within four hours. Of these, 39 aircraft crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait and entered the Southwest Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone, a buffer zone between the island state and China.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry condemned the Chinese provocation, saying it obviously defied international orders and undermined peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region. And he reiterated that the Taiwanese president’s visit to other countries for diplomatic purposes is a fundamental right for a sovereign state, stating that China is not in a position to meddle in this sector.

Meanwhile, an American warship is currently in transit in the South China Sea. The US Navy said its guided missile destroyer USS Milius today conducted a mission on navigational rights and freedoms in the South China Sea, near the Spratly Islands, claimed by Beijing. The US Navy said the destroyer’s “operation complies with international law”.