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Pelosi says US won’t allow China to isolate Taiwan

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said China would not isolate Taiwan by blocking US officials from traveling there.

Pelosi, who is currently visiting officials in Tokyo, said the United States “will not allow” China to isolate Taiwan, after its visit enraged Beijing.

They may try to prevent Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from traveling there.

Pelosi and five other members of Congress arrived in Tokyo on Thursday evening after visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.

In Taipei on Wednesday, Pelosi said the American commitment to democracy in Taiwan and elsewhere “remains rock solid.”

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said China will not isolate Taiwan by preventing US officials from travelling there.

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Pelosi, who is currently visiting officials in Tokyo, said the US will “not allow” China to isolate Taiwan, after her visit infuriated Beijing.

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They may try to keep Taiwan from visiting or participating in other places, but they will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us to travel there.”

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Pelosi and five other members of Congress arrived in Tokyo late Thursday after visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.

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In Taipei on Wednesday, Pelosi said the American commitment to democracy in Taiwan and elsewhere “remains ironclad.”

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The United States has condemned China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan during major military drills as an overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, urging Beijing to reduce tensions.

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White House spokesperson John Kirby said:

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China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan strait.

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The temperature’s pretty high,” but tensions “can come down very easily by just having the Chinese stop these very aggressive military drills,” he added.

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In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Kirby said: “We’ve been watching this very, very closely.”

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When asked whether Pelosi’s trip triggered China’s military drills, Kirby said:

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The provocateur here is Beijing. They didn’t have to react this way to what is completely normal travel by congressional members to Taiwan… The Chinese are the ones who are escalating this.”

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He also warned the risk of calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the things that’s troublesome about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some sort of conflict.”

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US secretary of state Antony Blinken said Washington had contacted Beijing “at every level of government” in recent days to call for calm and stability.

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I hope very much that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretext to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from the 10-member Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) in Phnom Penh.

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Japan’s prime minister has condemned China’s firing of ballistic missiles during military drills around Taiwan, calling them a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens”.

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Five Chinese missiles appear to have fallen in the country’s exclusive economic zone, Tokyo has said, with four of those believed to have flown over Taiwan’s main island.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning:

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China’s actions this time around have a serious impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community.

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I told her that we have called for the immediate cancellation of the military drills.”

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Pelosi is in Tokyo for the final leg of an Asian tour that included a stop in Taiwan, infuriating Beijing, which has launched its largest-ever military drills around the self-ruled island in response.

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Tokyo has lodged a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the military exercises, which began on Thursday.

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Parts of Japan’s southernmost Okinawa region are close to Taiwan, as are islets at the centre of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

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Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) extends up to 200 nautical miles from its coastline, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.

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Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s live coverage of tensions between China and Taiwan.

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I’m Samantha Lock and I will be bringing you all the latest developments.

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It is 9am in Beijing. Here is everything you might have missed:

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  • China is to begin its second day of unprecedented live-fire drills after launching huge military exercises in the air and seas around Taiwan on Thursday, including firing ballistic missiles close to the island some of which landed in Japanese waters.
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  • The exercises, which included rockets, attack helicopters and gunships, were arranged in reaction to a defiant visit to the island by the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Wednesday.
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  • The US condemned the missile launches. “China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby said.
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  • Kirby also warned of the risk of a mistake and calculation of the drills, saying, “One of the things that’s troublesome about exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of a mistake that could actually lead to some sort of conflict.”
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  • US secretary of state Antony Blinken said he “hopes very much that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretence to increase its aggressive military action”.
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  • Foreign ministers from the 10-member Asean bloc, meeting in Cambodia this week, called for “maximum restraint”, without mentioning the US or China by name. In a statement it said the situation could lead to “serious confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among major powers”.
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  • Japan said at least five of the 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles fell into its exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 nautical miles (370km) from Japan’s coast.
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  • Japan also speculated that four missiles flew over Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, according to a statement issued by its US embassy.
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  • Taiwan’s defence ministry said the missiles flew high into the atmosphere and constituted no threat to the island.
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  • Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, urged Beijing to “act with reason and exercise restraint” while maintaining Taiwan would not escalate conflict but would “resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security & our democracy”.
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  • Foreign governments and multilateral groups including the G7 and the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) condemned the hostilities and called for calm.
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  • The drills were in unprecedented proximity to Taiwan, and included PLA warplane and navy vessel incursions over the median line of the Taiwan strait – an unofficial border between China and Taiwan.
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  • Notices of the exercises identified six areas encircling Taiwan, with warnings for all ships and aircraft to “not enter the relevant sea areas and airspace”. On Thursday, local media reported the last-minute announcement of a seventh. Some of the zones overlap with Taiwan’s territorial waters, and are near key shipping ports.
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  • Several cyber-attacks also struck Taiwan, targeting websites of the defence ministry, the foreign ministry and the presidential office.
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  • Beijing’s Taiwan affairs office said the dispute was an internal affair. “Our punishment of pro-Taiwan independence diehards, external forces, is reasonable, lawful,” it said.
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Key events

Taiwan’s “evil neighbour” is showing its power on our doorstep, the island’s prime minister said on Friday.

China is arbitrarily destroying the world’s busiest waterway with military drills, Su Tseng-chang told reporters in Taipei when asked about Chinese missile launches.

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

The The US Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier is said to have retreated after the Beijing army established a firing range in eastern Taiwan.

The South China Morning Post reports that a mainland military official confirmed the news.

Earlier Thursday, White House spokesman John Kirby said the carrier group had been ordered by the Pentagon to “remain stationed in the general area to monitor the situation.”

According to a Chinese military-backed research group, South China Sea Probing Initiative, the Reagan was about 1,000 km east of Taiwan on Wednesday.

However, Meng Xiangqing, a professor at National Defense University, was quoted by Chinese state broadcaster CGTV as saying that Beijing had placed its firing range east of the island for the first time and that the USS Ronald Reagan had since retreated a few hundred kilometres.

The US Navy has not confirmed the information.

Former Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaomingmade some bold statements against the G7 countries this morning.

If the G7 countries really care about peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, they should have urged the United States from the start not to commit such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against China. Before Pelosi’s visit, these countries played dumb and didn’t say a word.

If the #G7 countries truly care about peace & stability in the #Taiwan Strait, they should have urged the #US early on not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against #China. Before #Pelosi’s visit, those countries played dumb & did not say a word.

— 刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) August 5, 2022

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If the #G7 countries really care about peace and stability in the #Taiwan Detroit, they should have urged the #WE from the outset not to make such a dangerous, reckless and irresponsible provocation against #China. Before #HairyDuring his visit, these countries played dumb and did not say a word.

—刘晓明Liu Xiaoming (@AmbLiuXiaoMing) August 5, 2022

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called on Beijing to “act with reason and exercise restraint”.

As China launches military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with reason and exercise restraint.

Taiwan will not escalate the conflict, but we will resolutely defend our sovereignty, security and democracy.

With China initiating military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with reason & exercise restraint. Taiwan will not escalate conflict, but we will resolutely defend our sovereignty, our security & our democracy.https://t.co/CXNli5bTWG

— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 4, 2022

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As China launches military exercises in areas around Taiwan today, we call on Beijing to act with reason and exercise restraint. Taiwan will not escalate the conflict, but we will resolutely defend our sovereignty, security and democracy.https://t.co/CXNli5bTWG

— Interview with Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 4, 2022

US warns mistakes could lead to conflict

The United States has condemned China’s launch of 11 ballistic missiles around Taiwan during major military exercises as an overreaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, urging Beijing to reduce tensions.

White House Spokesperson John Kirby said:

China chose to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.

The temperature is quite high”, but the tensions “can go down very easily by simply asking the Chinese to stop these very aggressive military exercises”, he added.

In an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Kirby said, “We’ve been following this very, very closely.”

When asked if Pelosi’s trip triggered the Chinese military exercises, Kirby replied:

The provocateur here is Beijing. They didn’t have to react that way to what is a perfectly normal trip of congressmen to Taiwan…It’s the Chinese who make it worse.

He also warned of the calculation risk of the exercises, saying: “One of the things that is troublesome in exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of an error that could actually lead to some sort of conflict. ”

US Secretary of State Anthony Blink said Washington had reached out to Beijing “at all levels of government” in recent days to appeal for calm and stability.

I really hope that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek an excuse to increase its aggressive military activity,” Blinken told ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), made up of 10 members, in Phnom Penh.

Chinese missiles ‘have an impact on our national security’, says Japanese PM

Japan’s prime minister condemned China’s ballistic missile launches during military exercises around Taiwan, calling it a “serious issue that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens.”

Five Chinese missiles appear to have fallen in the country’s exclusive economic zone, Tokyo said, four of which are believed to have flown over the main island of Taiwan.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after meeting with United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this morning:

China’s actions this time have a serious impact on the peace and stability of our region and the international community.

I told him that we had called for the immediate cancellation of the military exercises.

Pelosi is in Tokyo for the latest leg of an Asian tour that included a stopover in Taiwan, infuriating Beijing, which has launched its biggest-ever military drills around the self-governing island in response.

Tokyo filed a diplomatic protest with Beijing against the military drills, which began on Thursday.

Parts of Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost region, are close to Taiwan, as are islets at the center of a long-running dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extends up to 200 nautical miles from its coastline, beyond the limits of its territorial waters.

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the tensions between China and Taiwan.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll bring you all the latest developments.

It’s 9 a.m. in Beijing. Here’s everything you might have missed:

  • China to begin second day of unprecedented live-fire drills after launching massive military drills in the air and sea around Taiwan on Thursday, including firing ballistic missiles near the island, some of which landed in Japanese waters.
  • The exercises, which included rockets, attack helicopters and gunboatswere organized in response to a provocative visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday.
  • The United States condemned the missile launches. “China has chosen to overreact and use the speaker’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” White House spokesman John Kirby said. .
  • Kirby also warned of the risk of error and the calculation of the exercises, saying: “One of the things that is troublesome in exercises like this or missile launches like this is the risk of calculation, the risk of an error which could in fact lead to some kind of conflict.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he “very much hopes that Beijing will not manufacture a crisis or seek a pretext to increase its aggressive military action”.
  • The foreign ministers of 10-member ASEAN blocgathered in Cambodia this week, called for “maximum restraint”, without mentioning the United States or China by name. In a statement, he said the situation could lead to “serious confrontations, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences between the major powers”.
  • Japan says at least five of 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles fell in its exclusive economic zonewhich extends 200 nautical miles (370 km) from the Japanese coast.
  • Japan also speculated that four missiles flew over Taipeithe capital of Taiwan, according to a press release issued by its American embassy.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry says the missiles fly high in the atmosphere and pose no threat to the island.
  • Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen urged Beijing to ‘act with reason and exercise restraint’ while keeping Taiwan would not aggravate the conflict but “resolutely defend our sovereignty, security and democracy”.
  • Foreign governments and multilateral groups including the G7 and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) condemned the hostilities and called for calm.
  • The exercises were in an unprecedented proximity to Taiwan, and included incursions by PLA Navy warplanes and ships over the center line of the Taiwan Strait – an unofficial border between China and Taiwan.
  • Notice of exercises identified six areas surrounding Taiwan, with warnings for all ships and aircraft to “not enter relevant sea areas and airspace”. On Thursday, local media reported the last minute announcement of a seventh. Some of these areas overlap Taiwan’s territorial waters and are near key seaports.
  • Several cyberattacks have also hit Taiwantargeting the websites of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Presidency.
  • The Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing said the dispute was an internal matter. “Our punishment of pro-Taiwan independence stalwarts, outside forces, is reasonable, legal,” he said.

China to begin second day of unprecedented live-fire drills
China to begin second day of unprecedented live-fire drills

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