According to Taiwan News, in a televised speech on August 4, President Tsai Ing-wen denounced China’s live-fire drills in six zones around Taiwan. 

Tsai said this was a “dangerous launch of missiles into some of the busiest transportation corridors in the world.” She commented that this China move is “irresponsible.”

She added that China’s live-fire drills increased tensions in the Indo-Pacific region, creating an “unprecedented threat” to air and maritime safety and international trade. 

Tsai vowed to “resolutely defend our nation’s sovereignty and security as a bulwark of democracy and freedom.”

She revealed that Taiwan’s armed forces are in a heightened state of readiness to cope with challenges. She also said that Taiwan is in close communication and is coordinating with its allies to prevent further escalations threatening regional security.

The president called on the international community to support Taiwan and unite to end these “unilateral and irrational military actions.”

According to the Ministry of National Defense, from 13:56 to 16:00 on Thursday, China’s military launched 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles into Taiwan waters.

The Japanese Defense Ministry also announced that five Chinese ballistic missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and four of the weapons were believed to have flown over Taipei.

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