As was expected, China has finally begun to retaliate for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan, but not exactly with the sort of fury they had previously promised.
Pelosi’s trip drew a string of bombastic threats from Beijing and the CCP’s media mouthpieces, including some verbiage that certainly seemed to suggest that atomic warfare might even be on the table.
Instead, China waited until Pelosi had departed to pop off a couple of run-of-the-mill ballistic missiles, in a futile display reminiscent of North Korea’s nuisances.
China has fired several waves of missiles over the Taiwan Strait, hitting targets in the waters that encircle the island of Taiwan after a visit from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi triggered a tense military standoff in the East Asia region.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry confirmed 11 Chinese Dongfeng type missiles were fired in Taiwan’s direction between 1:56 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, local time. Taiwan’s armed forces said it was on high alert status, monitoring Chinese military activity in the region, and that the island’s long-range radar had detected the incoming missiles.
Authorities were rightfully incensed.
“We condemn such irrational action that has jeopardized regional peace,” Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.Advertisement - story continues below
Five of the missiles fired landed in waters around Taiwan that are part of the Exclusive Economic Zone that Japan oversees and claims economic rights over, risking drawing Japan, a U.S. ally, into the standoff.
“This is a grave issue that concerns our country’s national security and the safety of the people,” Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said, per Kyodo News.
China’s irritation with Pelosi’s trip was on account of their own unwillingness to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation, and Madame Speaker’s diplomatic jaunt undermines this image.