BEIJING (AP) — China said it has summoned European diplomats in Beijing to protest a statement by the Group of Seven and the European Union criticizing threats to Chinese military exercises around Taiwan.
The foreign ministry said on Friday that Vice Minister Deng Li made “stern representations” over what he called “reckless interference in China’s internal affairs.”
This week, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, and China has sent navy ships and warplanes and fired missiles into the Taiwan Strait.China regards it as its own territory and annexes it by force if necessary.
On the coast of China across from Taiwan on Friday, tourists gathered to try to catch a glimpse of any military aircraft flying toward the exercise area. Warplanes flew overhead and tourists chanted “let’s bring Taiwan back” as they looked out over the blue waters of the Taiwan Strait from Pingtan Island, a popular attraction.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said on Friday morning, China sent warships and warplanes across the centerline of the Taiwan Strait, crossing the unofficial buffer zone that has been between China and Taiwan for decades.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said five missiles fired by China landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone near Hateruma, an island south of Japan’s main islands. He said Japan’s protest against the landing of missiles in China is a “serious threat to Japan’s national security and the safety of the Japanese people.”
Japan’s Defense Ministry later said it believed four other missiles were fired from Fujian on China’s southeastern coast over Taiwan.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday that China’s military exercises against Taiwan are a “serious issue” that threatens regional peace and security.
In Tokyo, Pelosi is wrapping up her Asia tour, she said China cannot prevent U.S. officials from visiting Taiwan. After breakfast with Pelosi and her congressional delegation, Kishida said missile launches needed to be “stopped immediately.”
Deng Xiaoping said that China will “with the firmest determination, use all means and at all costs to prevent the country from splitting”.
“Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is a blatant political manipulation and a blatant and serious violation of China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Deng Xiaoping said. “In response to the US-Taiwan collusion and provocation, China’s counterattack is logical.”
China’s foreign ministry said the meeting took place on Thursday night, but did not provide information on which countries were participating.Earlier on Thursday, China canceled foreign ministers’ meeting Join Japan in protesting the G7’s statement that the drills were not justified.
Both ministers attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Cambodia.
China earlier summoned U.S. Ambassador Burns to protest Pelosi’s visit to China.Speaker leaves Taiwan on Wednesday after meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen and hold other public events. She went to Korea and then to Japan. Both countries have U.S. military bases and could be involved in a conflict involving Taiwan.
According to the official Xinhua news agency, China’s exercises involved the navy, air force, rocket force, strategic support force and logistics support force.
Geographically, they are considered the largest exercises to be held near Taiwan, around which Beijing has announced six exercise zones.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said during the exercise on Thursday: “I very much hope that Beijing will not create a crisis or seek an excuse to increase its aggressive military activity. We, the nations of the world, believe that an escalation is not good for anyone and could create inconsistencies. Unintended consequences for anyone’s interests.”
U.S. law requires the government to treat threats to Taiwan, including blockades, as a matter of “serious concern.”
The drills, scheduled to take place Thursday through Sunday, include missile strikes on targets in Taiwan’s northern and southern waters, echoing China’s last major military exercises in 1995 and 1996 aimed at intimidating Taiwan’s leaders and voters.
Taiwan has put its troops on alert and held civil defense exercises, but overall sentiment remained calm on Friday.flight cancelled Or diverted, with fishermen staying in port to avoid Chinese drills.
In the northern port of Keelung, Lu Chuanxiong, 63, was enjoying a morning swim on Thursday morning and said he was not worried.
“Everyone should want money, not bullets,” Lu said.