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Taiwan says China is rehearsing invasion attack

Taiwan says China is rehearsing invasion attack

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Taiwan warns that China’s recent military exercises are a rehearsal for a real invasion.

The disputed island has been surrounded in recent days by Chinese military ships and a display of power on behalf of Beijing.

The Chinese Communist Party is openly outraged that a congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island last week.

The delegation went ahead with the visit in direct opposition to Chinese demands that the US abort the meeting.

CHINA SANCTIONS HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI ON ‘MAJOR PROVOCATION’ VISIT TO TAIWAN

In this photo from China’s Xinhua News Agency, a member of the People’s Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises as the Taiwanese frigate Lan Yang is seen from the rear on Friday, August 5, 2022.
(Lin Jian/Xinhua via AP)

A fighter jet flies toward Taiwan and is seen from the 68 nautical mile scenic spot, the closest point in mainland China to Taiwan Island, in Pingtan in southeast China's Fujian province, Friday, August 5, 2022.

A fighter jet flies toward Taiwan and is seen from the 68 nautical mile scenic spot, the closest point in mainland China to Taiwan Island, in Pingtan in southeast China’s Fujian province, Friday, August 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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

The US responded by deploying various warships to the area.

US officials, including senior 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 missiles it recently fired into the Taiwan Strait and Japan’s economic zone, represent a “significant escalation”.

“China has chosen to overreact, using Chairman 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 both Taiwan and the United States in East Asia, has expressed its own concerns.

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the missiles “threatened” Japanese National Security and the life of the Japanese people, whom we strongly condemn.”

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

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

A boat sails through the water at the 68 nautical mile scenic spot, the closest point in mainland China to Taiwan Island, in Pingtan in southeast China's Fujian province, Friday, August 5, 2022.

A boat sails through the water at the 68 nautical mile scenic spot, the closest point in mainland China to Taiwan Island, in Pingtan in southeast China’s Fujian province, Friday, August 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The problem in Japan is exacerbated by the lack of a formal permanent army on the island, which is prohibited by the constitution. Japan maintains a small “defense force” for protection.

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

Lawrence Richards of Fox News contributed to this report.