Suspected Drones Over Taiwan and Cyber ​​Attacks After Pelosi’s Visit

  • Suspected drones flying over Taiwanese islands
  • The Ministry of Defense says its website has been attacked, briefly offline
  • Chinese military exercises, involving live ammunition, are set to begin
  • China says it’s an internal affair

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Drones suspected of flying over Taiwanese islands attacked the Defense Ministry’s website, authorities in Taipei said on Thursday, a day after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit angered China.

China will begin a series of military exercises across Taiwan on Thursday in response to Pelosi’s visit, the Taipei Ministry of Defense said, some of which were scheduled to take place within the island’s 12 nautical-mile sea and air area.

This has not happened before, and a senior ministry official described the potential move as “amounting to a sea and air blockade of Taiwan.”

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China, which claims Taiwan as its own province, said on Thursday that its differences with the self-governing island were an internal affair. Read more

“Our punishment of pro-Taiwan independence hardliners and outside forces is reasonable and legitimate,” China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said.

The exercises, which include live-fire exercises, will be conducted in six regions surrounding Taiwan and will start at 0400 GMT, the Xinhua news agency said.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said unidentified aircraft, possibly drones, flew over the Kinmen Islands region on Wednesday evening, just hours after Pelosi’s departure for South Korea. Read more

Major General Chang Zunsong of the army’s Kinmen Defense Command told Reuters that the two drones came in two planes and flew to the Kinmen area twice on Wednesday evening around 9 pm (1300 GMT). and 10 pm

“We immediately fired flares to issue warnings and drive them away. Then they turned. They entered our restricted area and that’s why we dispersed them,” he said.

The heavily fortified Kinmen Islands lie off the southeast coast of China, near the city of Xiamen.

The Defense Ministry also said its website was hit by cyberattacks and temporarily lost contact late on Wednesday, adding that it is working closely with other authorities to enhance cyber security as tensions with China escalate. Read more

Pelosi, the highest-ranking US visitor to Taiwan in 25 years, praised her democracy and pledged American solidarity during her short stop, adding that Chinese anger could not stop world leaders from traveling there.

China has recalled the US ambassador to Beijing and stopped many agricultural imports from Taiwan.

Security measures in the area around the US embassy in Beijing remained unusually tight on Thursday, as they have been all this week.

Although social media users in China expressed their anger at Pelosi, there were no signs of major protests or calls for a boycott of American products.

He will not give up on Taiwan

Taiwan scrambled jets on Wednesday to warn 27 Chinese planes in its air defense zone, the island’s Defense Ministry said, adding that 22 of them crossed the mid-line separating the island and China. Read more

Pelosi arrived with a congressional delegation on an unannounced but closely watched visit late Tuesday in defiance of repeated warnings from China and amid a sharp deterioration in US-China relations.

“Our delegation came to Taiwan to make it unequivocally clear that we will not abandon Taiwan,” Pelosi told Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which Beijing suspects of pushing for formal independence – a red line for China. Read more

“Now, more than ever, America’s solidarity with Taiwan is critical, and that is the message we carry here today.”

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has never given up the use of force to bring it under its control. The United States and the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations have warned China not to use the visit as a pretext for military action against Taiwan.

“Unfortunately, Taiwan has been banned from participating in global meetings, the most recent of which was the World Health Organization, due to the objections of the Chinese Communist Party,” Pelosi said in a statement issued after her departure.

“While they may prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone from traveling to Taiwan to express respect for its burgeoning democracy, to highlight its many successes and to underscore our commitment to continued cooperation,” Pelosi added. . Read more

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Reporting by Yimou Lee; Additional reporting by Tony Munro. Writing by Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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