Taiwanese authorities this Thursday denounced China’s “irrational activities” amid the Asian giant’s military maneuvers near the island, stressing that they “do not surrender” on matters of their sovereignty.

“Taiwanese armed forces are operating as usual, monitoring our surroundings in response to China’s irrational activities aimed at changing the ‘status quo’ and destabilizing the region’s security,” Taiwan’s defense ministry said.

“We do not seek an increase in tensions, but we do not give up when it comes to our security and sovereignty,” he added via his Twitter account.

He also explained that the Chinese army “launched several Tongfeng-type guided missiles into waters in the northeast and southwest of the island on Thursday afternoon, the German news agency DPA reported.

A Defense Ministry spokesman has stressed that the shots were spotted at 1:56 p.m. (local time) and has assured that defense systems have been activated while condemning “this irrational action which is undermining peace in the region”.

Hours earlier, the Taiwan Air Force Command denounced that 27 Chinese military planes had entered its airspace on Wednesday during the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi arrived in Taiwan Tuesday night as part of a visit that lasted less than 24 hours but sparked controversy and drew heavy criticism from the Chinese government, which sees the island as another province under its sovereignty.

Source europapress.es

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