White House condemns Chinese missile launches near Taiwan

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The White House condemned on Thursday China’s decision to launch missiles near Taiwan, calling it “irresponsible” and indicated that he hoped that Beijing would continue to react in the coming days to the visit of the president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

“Beijing’s provocative actions are a significant escalation and form part of his attempt to change the status quo for a long time,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing.

This Wednesday night elements of the Chinese Armed Forces Conducted Missile-Firing Exercises Aimed at Waters Surrounding Taiwana territory they claim as their own.

This Thursday the Taiwan authorities reported the incursion of another 22 Chinese military aircraft in its airspace a day after another 27 incursions were registered in full increase in tension due to the visit of the president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the island.

The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said in a statement that the planes include Su-30, J-16 and J-11 fighters. Taiwan, for its part, deployed an air patrol to monitor and supervise the situationwhile ordering the deployment of anti-aircraft missiles.

On Tuesday, the Chinese government announced the holding of military exercises starting this Thursday and until Sunday after Pelosi arrived on the island with a parliamentary delegation as part of her tour of Asia.

The Chinese authorities were quick to condemn the visit, which referred to as “political provocation”. In addition, they requested that “all necessary measures be taken to resolutely protect state sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Links between China and the island of Taiwan were severed in 1949, after the forces of the nationalist Kuomintang party, led by Chiang Kai-shek, suffered a defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party and moved to that archipelago.

Relations between Taiwan and mainland China were restored only on a business and informal level in the late 1980s.

The fundamental policy of the Chinese Government with respect to Taiwan is peaceful reunification under the “one country, two systems” principle.

(With information from Reuters and Europe Press)

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