Chinese military forces are increasing the scope of their exercises around Taiwan. The exercises include ballistic missiles. Officials in Japan and Taiwan have condemned the launches.
The exercises began after a controversial visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On Thursday, Chinese forces launched several missiles as part of the drills. Tokyo officials say 5 of them fell in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
They say this is the first time this has happened and they have lodged a protest with Beijing.
However, Chinese officials have rejected the very notion of a Japanese exclusive economic zone. They say the two sides have not yet carried out what they call a “maritime delimitation in the waters concerned”.
Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa said on Thursday that the military drills were a “serious problem” for Japanese security.
He added: “China’s actions could have a serious impact on the peace and stability of the region and the international community. We urge Beijing to immediately stop the exercises.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said via video message that the drills were “irresponsible”.
She said, “I would like to emphasize that we will not escalate conflicts or cause disputes, but we will firmly defend our sovereignty and national security and stick to the line of defense of democracy and freedom. .
The exercises are expected to continue until Sunday.