Taiwan denies China crossed jets before Nancy Pelosi arrived

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied China’s claim that Beijing’s Su-35 fighter jets crossed the sensitive Taiwan Strait ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s arrival on the island when the communist power launched a series of military exercises and other announced actions in response to the California Democrat. trip.

Chinese state media had reported that two Su-35 jets had crossed the strait separating the self-governing island from mainland China just before Pelosi and five other Democratic members of Congress landed in Taipei around 10:45 PM local time.

“In response to online rumors that PLA [People’s Liberation Army] Su-35 fighter jets had crossed the Taiwan Strait, that’s fake news. Please follow the correct message from our official website,” Taiwan’s National Defense Ministry tweeted.

“In the meantime, we urge internet users not to distribute it and we strongly condemn this malicious act.”

The ministry confirmed in a follow-up tweet that 21 Chinese aircraft had entered the southwestern part of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone before returning.

Earlier, the Taipei Ministry of Defense said in a statement that it had fully mastered all activities near Taiwan and would send troops where necessary in response to “enemy threats”.

Meanwhile, China said its military was on high alert and would launch “targeted military operations” in response to Pelosi’s arrival.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arriving in Taiwan exacerbated China.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan.
According to the Taiwanese government, the Chinese Su-35 fighter jets did not cross Taiwan straight.
According to the Taiwanese government, the Chinese Su-35 fighter jets did not cross the Taiwan Strait.
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The People’s Liberation Army said the maneuvers would take place in the waters and skies near Taiwan from Tuesday evening, including the firing of long-range ammunition into the Taiwan Strait.

“This move is a solemn deterrent to the recent major escalation of the United States’ negative actions on Taiwan, and a serious warning to Taiwan’s independence forces seeking independence.”

China’s official Xinhua News said the military planned to conduct live fire drills at multiple locations from August 4-7. In an image released by the news agency, the exercises are said to take place in six different areas in the waters around Taiwan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Washington’s betrayal over the Taiwanese issue “undermines its national credibility”.

“Any countermeasures taken by China would be a justified and necessary response to the US’s forgetfulness of China’s repeated demarches and the US’s unscrupulous behavior.”

“The US and Taiwan first launched provocations together, while China has been forced to act in self-defense,” said a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. tweeted.

Pelosi has repeatedly warned that Pelosi will not go to the island nation, which claims it as its own, while US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Monday the US would not be intimidated by Chinese “saber clatter”.

With Post wires

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