China to launch ‘targeted military operations’

China warns airlines to avoid areas near Taiwan as it prepares its response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.

China warned airlines operating in Asia to avoid flying in areas around Taiwan where it is conducting military exercises in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on August 2, 2022 as part of a tour of Asia with short stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. The White House did not officially support the visit. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan despite Chinese threats of military action in response to her visit. Pelosi is the most senior U.S. official to visit the self-governing island since Newt Gingrich in 1997. The People’s Liberation Army is placed on high alert and says that it will launch “targeted military operations” in response to U.S. House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China’s defence ministry said on Tuesday night.

Pelosi’s visit has ratcheted up tension between China and the United States because China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, and it views visits by foreign government officials as recognition of the island’s sovereignty. The speaker framed the trip as part of a broader mission at a time when “the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy.”

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