China extends military drills to Sunday near Taiwan as Nancy Pelosi visits Japan
The visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has generated a strong response from China, which is conducting a flurry of live-fire military maneuvers in close proximity to the Taiwanese region. Tensions are at an all-time high, with Taiwan claiming to be prepared for an eventual attack and the Chinese using military force to demonstrate the power of their military.
The live fire used by China has not left its neighboring countries indifferent either, after Japan denounced that at least five missiles launched by the Chinese Army have fallen in an exclusive economic zone of the country. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said it was “an unprecedented violation of our country’s sovereignty”, and urged China to lower the level of tension with its maneuvers before things get worse.
Japan has made this denunciation while Nancy Pelosi is there, in what will be the end of her Asia tour, but it remains to be seen whether she will visit the Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the Japanese who invaded China during World War II, and where it has been rumored she might go before returning to the United States. China, still clamoring against Pelosi, is waiting to hear whether she will do so or leave without visiting the shrine.
Russia and Iran call the United States “provocative”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, who has called for a “reaction” to what he considers a “violation” of the sovereignty of third countries by the United States: “It decided to make Ukraine a threat to the Russian Federation and for years ignored the racist policy of the Kiev regime, which destroyed everything Russian. They did the same in the case of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan by ignoring their own publicly proclaimed principles, and of whose adherence they tried to convince everyone, deceiving themselves.”
Both Russia and Iran, faithful allies of China on this issue, claim that the United States is a “provocative state” because of Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, blaming the sovereignty of the region on Chinese territory. For now, it is known that China will maintain at least until Sunday the military maneuvers it is currently carrying out, and that it has Taiwan watching the situation very closely in case the time comes to defend itself.