The warships of China and Taiwan are facing each other in the ocean, before the end of four days of unprecedented military exercises by China, which was in response to the visit of the speaker of the US House of Representatives to Taiwan.
About 10 warships from China and Taiwan have sailed near the Taiwan Strait, with some Chinese ships crossing the demarcation line between China and Taiwan. Taiwan, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said that Chinese ships, warplanes and drones appear to be carrying out attacks against Taiwan and its navy. It said it had sent planes and ships to respond “appropriately”.
Taiwan says its anti-ship missiles and other Patriot air-to-air missiles are ready for shore.
The Chinese parade, centered on six sites around the island that China claims as its own, began on Thursday and was scheduled to last until noon on Sunday, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported last week.
There is no word from China on whether the parade will end or not.
Taiwan said it could not confirm whether China had suspended it.
Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island last week infuriated China, which led it to test a ballistic missile in the island’s capital for the first time, while also cutting part of its communications with the United States.