China simulated an invasion of Taiwan today after dozens of jets and warships crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, according to the island’s Ministry of Defence.
The highly aggressive display of intimidation featuring some 20 Chinese aircraft and 14 ships comes days after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei that infuriated Beijing.
Taiwan’s armed forces issued an alert, dispatched air and naval patrols around the island, and activated land-based missile systems in response to the Chinese exercises, the ministry said.
The ministry said that zones declared by China as no-go areas during the exercises for other ships and aircraft had ‘seriously damaged the peace’ in what was effectively a blockade of the island – an act of war by international law.
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