World · August 6, 2022

Taiwan says China is trying an invasion attack

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Taiwan warns that recent Chinese military exercises are evidence for a true invasion.

The disputed island has been surrounded by Chinese military ships in recent days and is showing strength in the name of Beijing.

The Communist Party of China was openly angry that a congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island last week.

The delegation continued the visit in direct opposition to Chinese demands that the United States would stop the meeting.

CHINA SANCTIONS The speaker of the house NANCY PELOSI FOR ‘EREGIOUS PROVOCATION’ ON VISIT TO TAIWAN

In this photo provided by the Chinese news agency Xinhua, a member of the People's Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises as Taiwanese frigate Lan Yang is seen in the rear, Friday, August 5, 2022.

In this photo provided by the Chinese news agency Xinhua, a member of the People’s Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises as Taiwanese frigate Lan Yang is seen in the rear, Friday, August 5, 2022.
(Lin Jian / Xinhua via AP)

A fighter jet flies in the direction of Taiwan and is seen from the 68-nautical-mile viewpoint, mainland China's closest point to the island of Taiwan, at Pingtan in southeastern Fujian province on Friday, August 5, 2022.

A fighter jet flies in the direction of Taiwan and is seen from the 68-nautical-mile viewpoint, mainland China’s closest point to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeastern Fujian province, on Friday, August 5, 2022.
(Photo AP / Ng Han Guan)

After Pelosi’s departure, the Chinese Navy and Air Force began conducting military exercises in six areas around Taiwan with some Taiwan territorial waters overlapping.

The United States responded by taking sides several warships to the area.

US officials, including high-ranking members of President Biden’s cabinet, have recognized the legitimacy of China’s threats to Taiwan.

The People's Liberation Army launched joint military operations around the island of Taiwan.  China resolutely defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The People’s Liberation Army launched joint military operations around the island of Taiwan. China resolutely defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
(People’s Liberation Army, China)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China’s military exercises, including the country’s recently launched missiles in the Taiwan Strait and Japan’s economic zone, represented “a significant escalation”.

“China has chosen to overreact and use President Pelosi’s visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” he told a group of reporters at the ASEAN conference on Friday.

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Japan, an ally of Taiwan and the United States in East Asia, has expressed its concerns.

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the missiles “threatened National security of Japan and the lives of the Japanese people, whom we strongly condemn. “

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, front, center left, and her congressional delegation pose for a photo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center right, prior to their breakfast meeting at the residence. Prime Minister's officer in Tokyo on Friday, August 5, 2022.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, front, center left, and her congressional delegation pose for a photo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center right, prior to their breakfast meeting at the residence. Prime Minister’s officer in Tokyo on Friday, August 5, 2022.
(Kyodo news via AP)

A boat moves across the water at the 68-nautical-mile viewpoint, mainland China's closest point to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeastern Fujian province on Friday, August 5, 2022.

A boat moves across the water at the 68-nautical-mile viewpoint, mainland China’s closest point to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeastern Fujian province on Friday, August 5, 2022.
(Photo AP / Ng Han Guan)

The problem in Japan is compounded by the island nation’s lack of a formal standing army, which is outlawed by its constitution. Japan maintains a small “defense force” for protection.

China often threatens to annex Taiwan by force if necessary, while Japan and the United States continue to increase their military readiness to potentially respond to such an attack.

Lawrence Richards of Fox News contributed to this report.