Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense says that China launched a military exercise in the Taiwan Strait using ships and aircraft. The ministry stated that it was a rehearsal according to the country’s plan.
Foreign reports stated that Taiwan had launched fighter jets to warn them. The US accuses China of the exercise as provocative and irresponsible.
The White House said China is trying to change the status quo on Taiwan. The crisis situation worsened after a visit to Taiwan by an American delegation led by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
China views the visit as a US challenge to its sovereignty claims.