China has summoned European diplomats to protest statements issued by the Group of Seven nations and the European Union criticising threatening Chinese military exercises surrounding Taiwan. 

China has dispatched navy ships & warplanes &  launched missiles into the Taiwan Strait in response to US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. China regards Taiwan as its own territory to be annexed by force if necessary.

   

China summons European diplomats over statement on Taiwan

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China has summoned European diplomats to protest statements issued by the Group of Seven nations and the European Union criticising threatening Chinese military exercises surrounding Taiwan. 

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On Friday morning, China sent military ships and war planes across the mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, the Taiwanese Defence Ministry said, crossing what had been an unofficial buffer zone between China and Taiwan for decades.

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Five of the missiles fired by China landed in Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone off Hateruma, an island far south of Japan's main islands, Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi reported. He said Japan protested the missile landings to China as “serious threats to Japan's national security and the safety of the Japanese people.” Japan's Defence Ministry later said they believe the other four missiles, fired from China's southeastern coast of Fujian, flew over Taiwan.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday that China's military exercises aimed at Taiwan represent a “grave problem” that threatens regional peace and security. In Tokyo, where Pelosi is winding up her Asia trip, she said China cannot stop US officials from visiting Taiwan. Speaking after breakfast with Pelosi and her congressional delegation, Kishida said the missile launches need to be “stopped immediately”.

Deng said China would “prevent the country from splitting with the strongest determination, using all means and at any cost.” He continued “Pelosi's visit to Taiwan is a blatant political manipulation and a blatant and serious violation of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Deng said, “In response to the US-Taiwan collusion and provocation, China's counterattack is only natural."