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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the Chinese military fired 11 Dongfeng missiles on the first day of the exercises.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby criticized the Chinese military’s live-fire exercises around Taiwan as “extremely aggressive” and “irresponsible.”

Kirby said China is using the visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi) to Taiwan as an excuse to escalate its provocative actions. Pelosi stressed in Tokyo on Friday (August 5) that the trip to Asia was not intended to change the status quo in the region, but that the United States would not allow China to isolate Taiwan.

Mainland China drilled for three consecutive days from Thursday, calling it a “necessary and legitimate move to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Japan said five of the 11 Dongfeng missiles fired by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army on Thursday (4) landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan had asked China to stop the exercises immediately.

Su Zhenchang, Yuan’s chief executive officer in Taiwan, described the military exercises on the Chinese mainland as an “evil neighbor flexing its strength and power” and said “Taiwan will not surrender under pressure.”

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