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Taiwan says China is practicing invasion attacks

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Taiwan warns that China’s latest military exercises are a rehearsal for a real invasion.

The disputed island has been surrounded by Chinese military vessels in recent days, showing strength on behalf of Beijing.

The Chinese Communist Party has been openly furious about it a congressional delegation led by the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, visited the island last week.

The delegation proceeded with the visit in direct opposition to Chinese demands that the United States call off the meeting.

CHINA SANCTIONS HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI OVER ‘EGREGIOUS PROVOCATION’ ON VISIT TO TAIWAN

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, a member of the People's Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises, while Taiwan's frigate Lan Yang is seen in the background, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

In this photo provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency, a member of the People’s Liberation Army looks through binoculars during military exercises, while Taiwan’s frigate Lan Yang is seen in the background, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
(Lin Jian/Xinhua via AP)

A fighter jet flies in the direction of Taiwan and is seen from the 68-nautical-mile scenic spot, the closest point on the Chinese mainland to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeast China's Fujian province, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

A fighter jet flies in the direction of Taiwan and is seen from the 68-nautical-mile scenic spot, the closest point on the Chinese mainland to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeast China’s Fujian province, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/By Han Guan)

After Pelosi’s departure, China’s navy and air force began conducting military exercises in six zones around Taiwan, with some overlapping Taiwan’s territorial waters.

The US responded by deploying more warships to the area.

US officials, including senior members of President Biden’s cabinet, have acknowledged the legitimacy of China’s threats against Taiwan.

The People's Liberation Army launched joint military operations around Taiwan Island.  China resolutely defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The People’s Liberation Army launched joint military operations around Taiwan Island. China resolutely defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
(People’s Liberation Army, China)

This is what Foreign Minister Antony Blinken says China’s military exercises, including missiles that the country recently fired into the Taiwan Strait and Japan’s economic zone represent “significant escalation.”

“China has chosen to overreact and use Speaker Pelosi visit as a pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait,” he told a group of reporters at the ASEAN conference on Friday.

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Japan, an ally of both Taiwan and the United States in East Asia, has voiced its own concerns.

Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the missiles “threatened Japan’s national security and the lives of the Japanese people, which we strongly condemn.”

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, front, center left, and her congressional delegation pose for a photo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center right, before their breakfast meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Friday, Aug. 5 2022.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, front, center left, and her congressional delegation pose for a photo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center right, before their breakfast meeting at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Friday, Aug. 5 2022.
(Kyodo News via AP)

A boat moves through the water at the 68-nautical-mile scenic spot, the closest point on mainland China to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeast China's Fujian province, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

A boat moves through the water at the 68-nautical-mile scenic spot, the closest point on mainland China to the island of Taiwan, in Pingtan, southeast China’s Fujian province, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/By Han Guan)

The problem in Japan is exacerbated by the island nation’s lack of a formal standing military, which is prohibited by its constitution. Japan maintains a small “defense force” for protection.

China frequently threatens to annex Taiwan by force if necessary, while Japan and the United States continue to increase their military readiness to potentially respond to such an attack.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richards contributed to this report.

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