China holds joint drills, fire missiles into Taiwan Strait as tensions rise after Pelosi’s visit

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Long range multiple launch rocket system (LRMLRS) PHL-03 operated by PLA’s artillery brigade launched during a night attack exercise in an undisclosed location in northwest China on July 28,2021. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Foto: Huang Hai)

“In the current struggle surrounding Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, the United States are the provocateurs, China is the victim. The joint provocation by the US and Taiwan came first, China’s just defense came after,” she added.

Meanwhile, ASEAN foreign ministers on Thursday (4/8) warned that China’s military exercises around the Taiwan Strait could escalate into open conflict. “This situation can lead to miscalculation, serious confrontation, open conflict, and unforeseen consequences among major powers.”

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who is also in Phnom Penh for talks with ASEAN, also criticized China’s response.

Read: China denounces Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

“There is no justification to use a visit as pretext for aggressive military activity in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Cambodian Deputy Foreign Minister who is also ASEAN spokesperson Kung Phoak told reporters: “We hope de-escalation happens… and normalcy returns to the Taiwan Strait.” (rr)