12:51 India and the United States will hold joint military exercises in the mountains in the Auli region near the Chinese border, Press Trust of India reports, citing a source in the Indian Defense Ministry.
12:45 Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the demilitarized zone on the border with the DPRK is an important signal aimed at containing Pyongyang, – President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol.
12:14 Chinese media show footage of missile launches in areas around Taiwan during the exercise.
11:53 China issued a new NOTAM notice with a new restricted area added (highlighted in red).
11:45 China canceled a meeting scheduled for today between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi in Cambodia due to the G7’s statement on Taiwan. Wang will also not meet Secretary of State Blinken.
11:22 Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, who is in South Korea, intends to visit the demilitarized zone on the border with North Korea today
10:25 A column of PLA armored vehicles in Fujian province.
10:07 The Chinese Ambassador to France said that 10-20 years ago, the majority of Taiwanese were in favor of unification with China, but these sentiments have changed due to the propaganda of the Progressive Democratic Party. Therefore, after the unification, it will be necessary to retrain the inhabitants of the island.
The ambassador also confirmed that Taiwan is an autonomous region of China.
09:41 Wall Street Journal
Taiwan has become a key frontline in the US-China rivalry as both countries build up their military presence in the region. Pelosi’s tumultuous trip has raised military tensions on the island to their highest level in more than 20 years. The escalation will continue long after the Speaker of Congress returns home.
09:35 Pelosi tweeted to refute the White House’s claim that the trip was private:
“I led the congressional delegation to Taiwan to make it very clear that America stands with the people of Taiwan—and all those who are committed to democracy and human rights.”
09:25 In the province of Fujian, the territory of mainland China closest to Taiwan, launchers of DF-17 hypersonic missiles were spotted
09:21 Financial Times
PRC exercises could be tantamount to a blockade of Taiwan. Given Beijing’s reaction, warnings that Pelosi’s visit could lead to war in one of the world’s most dangerous hotspots appear to have come true.
09:02 Head of EU diplomacy Borrell commented on Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan:
“There is no reason to use the visit as a pretext for aggressive military activities in the Taiwan Strait. It is normal and routine for legislators from our countries to travel internationally.”
08:29 Taiwan’s representative in Germany Xie Zhiwei invited the Bundestag delegation to visit the island – he believes that the ban on such trips “should disappear” – media
08:26 New York Times
Chinese military exercises around Taiwan create a potential standoff. Assuming they continue, this would be a direct challenge to what Taiwan defines as its coastline.
08:19 According to media reports, China will use long-range artillery and use the DF-17 hypersonic missile for the first time in the exercises.
08:05 On Thursday, August 4, units of the ground forces of the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) carried out live firing in the waters of the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait using long-range artillery.
“Precise strikes were carried out on the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait, the expected results were achieved,” the PLA said in a statement to TASS.
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