China-Taiwan news – live: Beijing official accuses US of ‘foreign aggression’ in Twitter rant

Missiles fired from Chinese coast amid Taiwan tensions

China has said that it is suspending all cooperation with the US on climate change, as well as halting high-level military dialogue as part of a raft of responses to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Earlier, the country announced imposing sanctions on Ms Pelosi and her immediate family in response to her “vicious” and “provocative” visit to Taiwan, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

It came as Beijing continued with its military offensive as it fired multiple ballistic missiles in the direction of Taiwan this morning, four of which flew directly over the capital city Taipei in an unprecedented escalation.

US secretary of state Antony Blinken slammed China’s military exercises, saying there was no justification for Beijing’s “extreme disproportionate and escalatory” response.

The statement came as Ms Pelosi reasserted America’s support for Taiwan, saying that China will not be able to isolate the island by preventing US officials from travelling there.

Ms Pelosi, who is in Japan today for the final leg of her Asia tour, nonetheless added that her trip to the region was “not about changing the status quo in Taiwan”.

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Chinese military spokesperson accuses US of ‘foreign aggression’

Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China’s military, accused the US of participating in “foreign aggression.”

“China had historically been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the US still grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and attempts to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time,” she said on Twitter. “If the US is indeed a responsible country, it should have prevented #Pelosi‘s irresponsible aggression early on and it should have removed the many military vessels and aircraft it has deployed right at China’s doorstep.”

She said the US was using “salami tactics” — an accusation that European analysts have lobbed at China in the past — to “hollow out the One China principle.”

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Taiwan estimates nearly 50 Chinese jets crossed median line on Friday

The defense ministry in Taiwan issued a statement claiming that 49 Chinese jets apparently crossed the “median line,” which serves as an unofficial border between the island and China.

All 49 jets reportedly crossed over the median line before turning around and returning.

Chinest jets have been pulling similar moves since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan. On Wednesday 22 Chinese jets slipped across the median line, and another 22 did so on Thursday.

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Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang told reporters Friday that he was calling on China to de-escalate after it began holding live-fire drills in a protest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. He asked for Taiwan’s allies to support the call for peace.

The prime minister said Taipei did not expect China to disrupt one of the world’s busiesest waterways over a diplomat’s visit.

“(We) didn’t expect that the evil neighbour next door would show off its power at our door and arbitrarily jeopardise the busiest waterways in the world with its military exercises,” he said.

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NSC spokesman says US does not want ‘crisis’ but will not be stopped from traveling the Pacific

National Security Council spokesman Adrmiral John Kirby told Reuters that Chinese ambassador Qin Gang was called to the White House to discuss the latest spike in tensions between the US and Beijing. According to Mr Kirby, the ambassador was told that China’s reaction to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was irresponsible and incongruent with the goals of maintaning global peace and stability. According to Mr Kirby, the White House impressed on the ambassador that the US does not want “a crisis” but will also not be deterred from free travel throughout the Pacific.

“We also made clear that the United States is prepared for what Beijing chooses to do. We will not seek and do not want a crisis,” Mr Kirby said. “At the same time, we will not be deterred from operating in the seas and skies of the Western Pacific, consistent with international law, as we have for decades, and supporting Taiwan and defending a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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Taiwan foreign minister says China crossed median line to ‘simulate attacks’

The foreign minister of Taiwan Joseph Wu has tweeted that many of the Chinese planes and vessels “crossed the median line of the strait” on Friday “to simulate attacks”.

“This dangerous escalation of the military threat is wrecking peace & stability in the region and must be condemned”, he wrote on the account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Taiwan defence ministry says China’s drills ‘violated our sovereignty’

The Taiwan Defence Ministry tweeted on Friday that “the recent coercion from PRC’s drills around us aimed to change the status quo of Taiwan Strait, violated our sovereignty, and caused tension in the Indo-Pacific region. #ROCArmedForces seek no escalation, but we succumb to no challenges and respond with reason”.

Earlier on Friday, the ministry announced that the Chinese army “dispatched 68 aircraft and 13 vessels until 17:00 (UTC+8) for the activities around Taiwan Strait, part of which had crossed the median line and jeopardized the status quo of the strait”.

The ministry said that the armed forces of Taiwan responded “accordingly with surveillance systems, CAP aircraft, naval vessels, and missile systems”.

“We condemn such action that disturbed our surrounding airspace and waters and continue to ensure our democracy and freedom free from threats”, the ministry added.

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Taiwan says 68 planes and 13 warships taking part in Taiwan Strait missions

The defence ministry of Taiwan said on Friday that 68 Chinese military planes and 13 ships were taking part in missions in the Taiwan Strait.

The ministry said that some of them “deliberately” crossed the unofficial zone of separation between China and Taiwan, which is known as the median line.

According to Reuters, the ministry criticized the actions, saying that the Chinese armed forces have “seriously damaged” the status quo and that they “harassed” the waters and airspace of Taiwan.

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Taiwan’s foreign minister defends Pelosi’s visit

Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu defended US House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s brief visit to the island as “extremely significant”.

“China has long been trying to isolate Taiwan internationally,” Mr Wu told the BBC. “For an important leader like Speaker Pelosi to have the opportunity to visit Taiwan is very significant. To raise the profile of Taiwan and to allow the international community to understand that Taiwan is a democracy.”

He asserted that the island state wants to maintain the status quo “which is that Taiwan has no jurisdiction over mainland China and the People’s Republic of China (CCP) has no jurisdiction over Taiwan. That is the reality.”

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He also slammed China’s “expansionist” behavior.

“Look at their behaviour over Hong Kong, or claiming the East China Sea and the South China Sea. It is the typical expansionism of an authoritarian state,” he said.

“Countries in this region need to watch out for what China is trying to do. Taiwan is not going to be the last piece in Chinese dream of expansionism.”

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Apple asks suppliers to follow China customs rules – reports

Apple Inc has asked its suppliers to ensure that shipments from Taiwan to China comply with Beijing’s customs regulations to avoid scrutiny, according to a Nikkei report.

Sino-US trade tensions have escalated following US House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

The iPhone maker told suppliers that China had started enforcing a long-standing rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labeled as made either in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei”, the report added, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Apple iPhone assembler Pegatron Corp said its mainland China plant is operating normally, in response to a media report that shipments to Pegatron’s factory in China were being held for scrutiny by Chinese customs officials.

Taiwanese supply and assembly partners Foxconn and Pegatron are ramping up manufacturing efforts as Apple is set to launch its new iPhone in September.

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Across the sea from Taiwan, Chinese tourists defend country’s military action

Tourists on the beaches of Pingtan island, China’s closest point to Taiwan island, yesterday were treated to an unexpected sight: helicopters in formation and smoke trails from projectiles.

The display was part of extensive drills of military hardware in six zones around Taiwan, deployed the day after US House speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity trip to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.

The residents on Pingtan island defended what China sees as its right to bring Taiwan under its control.

“Taiwan belongs to China. We don’t want any foreign country or foreign force interfering with our domestic problems,” said a 15-year-old student from Wuhan, surnamed Huang.

“Neither side wants to fight. The two governments should negotiate and compromise,” he added.

At a coffee shop in the Pingtan hills, families took turns under a scorching sun to photograph themselves holding pro-unification banners reading “awaiting return”, or “peaceful unification.”

A 27-year-old games designer surnamed You from Fujian province said he believed China should gradually “strengthen” its unification resolve, though not necessarily through “excessive” force.

“In the end, they are compatriots,” You said.

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