Chinese military exercises near Taiwan have encroached on the island’s territory and are a blockade of its sea and air space, the defense ministry said.
The exercises by the Chinese navy and air force are seen as a direct response to the visit to Taiwan by top American politician Nancy Pelosi, the most senior American politician to visit in 25 years.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said China had broken UN rules and would counter any incursions into its territory.
And it accused Beijing of using psychological warfare and urged people to report “fake news” to the authorities.
Ms Pelosi had previously praised Taiwan for being “one of the freest societies in the world” when she addressed the self-ruled island’s parliament during the visit that angered Beijing.
Ms. Pelosi also met with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in the capital, Taipei, on Wednesday.
Ms. Tsai thanked Ms. Pelosi for her concrete actions to support Taiwan and said the island will not back down in the face of increased military threats.
The Taiwanese leader also told Ms. Pelosi that she is one of the island’s most devoted friends and thanked her for her unwavering support on the international stage.
Ms. Tsai added that Taiwan is a reliable partner of the United States and will continue to work with it to strengthen cooperation in security, economic development and supply chains.
The US House speaker’s unannounced visit to Taiwan has drawn fierce criticism from China and prompted Beijing to recall the US ambassador.
Ms. Pelosi arrived in the capital Taipei late on Tuesday on an unannounced but well-watched trip, saying it shows the United States’ unwavering commitment to the island that Beijing says is part of China.
“We praise Taiwan for being one of the freest societies in the world,” Ms. Pelosi told Taiwan’s parliament.
She also said that new US legislation aimed at strengthening the US chip industry to compete with China “offers greater opportunities for economic cooperation between the United States and Taiwan”.
A longtime Chinese critic, especially on human rights, Ms. Pelosi is set to meet with a former Tiananmen Square activist, a Hong Kong bookseller who was arrested by China, and a Taiwanese activist recently released by China, people familiar with the case said.
While Ms Pelosi is not the first House speaker to go to Taiwan – Newt Gingrich visited in 1997 – her visit comes as relations between Beijing and Washington have soured sharply, with China a far more powerful economic, military and geopolitical force than it was a quarter of a century ago.
China considers Taiwan a part of its territory and has never refrained from using force to bring it under its control.
The United States has warned China to use Mrs. Pelosi’s visit as a pretext for military action against Taiwan.
Early Wednesday, China’s customs department announced a suspension of imports of citrus fruits, chilled white-striped hairtail and frozen horse mackerel from Taiwan.
On Tuesday, Beijing’s ambassador to London, one of his country’s most senior diplomats, warned the United States that it was playing a “highly dangerous trick” on Taiwan and “those who play with fire will be burned”.
Zheng Zeguang made the comments in a press conference, hastily convened, to respond to the arrival of top US politician Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan in defiance of Chinese demands to stay away.
He said that the visit of the speaker of the US house “seriously violated” a long-standing “One China” principle that means that democratically governed Taiwan should not be treated by the United States as an independent authority.
Mr Zheng also had a warning for the UK not to “dance to the tune” of the US.
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