Japan officially called on China to “immediately cease” its military maneuvers around Taiwan, after reporting that some Chinese missiles would have fallen in the Japanese exclusive economic zone. Beijing began this Thursday with large military maneuvers in a response to the recent visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the island of Taiwan.
According to Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, four of the five Chinese missiles that allegedly landed in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) may have “flew over the island of Taiwan”.
“Japan has lodged a protest with China through diplomatic channels”Kishi said, calling the incident a “serious issue that affects our national security and that of our citizens.”
Some islands in the department of Okinawa, in the extreme south of Japan, are only a few tens of kilometers from Taiwan. The minister specified that this was the first time that Chinese ballistic missiles had entered the Japanese EEZ.
China’s military response after Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
China on Thursday launched military exercises on an unprecedented scale around Taiwan in response to Pelosi’s visit. between Tuesday night and Wednesday on the island, despite strong warnings from Beijing, which considers Taiwan as one of its provinces.
Pelosi’s initiative is seen by China as a provocationa support for supporters of Taiwan independence and a breach of the promise of the United States not to have official relations with the island.
The exercises, which began at noon Thursday, included “conventional missile fire” at six sea areas around Taiwan, along busy trade routes and at times just 20 kilometers from Taiwan’s shores.