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Some additional details from the Taiwan Ministry of Defense on what it describes here as a “possible simulated attack”.

The Taiwanese military used naval patrol boats and land-based missiles to deal with the situation, the report said.

Several PLA devices were detected around the Taiwan Strait, some crossed the median line. Possible simulated attack against HVA. #ROCARmedForces used alert broadcast, aircraft in the CAP, patrolling warships, and land-based missile systems in response to this situation.

— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, ROC 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) August 6, 2022

Chinese planes and ships conducted mock attack drills

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said some Chinese aircraft and ships carried out mock attack drills toward the mainland of Taiwan on Saturday, Reuters Senior Taipei Correspondent Yimou Lee tweeted.

Several batches of Chinese aircraft and ships were detected in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday morning, some of which crossed the median line, they report.

#TAIWAN DEFENSE MINISTRY: SOME CHINESE AIRCRAFT AND SHIPS CONDUCTED SIMULATION ATTACK EXERCISES TOWARDS TAIWAN MAIN ISLAND ON SAT

— Yimou Lee (@YimouLee) August 6, 2022

Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly also urged China to cease its military actions in the air and sea around Taiwan.

“Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security,” she said in a statement on Twitter.

Canada is deeply concerned about the missiles launched by the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. This action threatens regional stability and security. We urge the PRC to end its coercive military and economic actions.

— Melanie Joly (@melaniejoly) August 5, 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with new Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr at Malacañang Palace in Manila this morning.

Blinken reportedly said the relationship between their two countries was extraordinary, built on friendship, and said Washington was committed to their joint defense pact.

Marcos Jr said the current geopolitical context shows the importance of these links. Marcos Jr also said he did not believe Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan had increased the intensity of the conflict in the region. “It just goes to show, how intense this conflict has been,” he said, according to reports from GMA News Online.

The chairman of this week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings said on Saturday that discussions among foreign ministers on the tensions in Taiwan had been lively and included solid arguments, but that disputes were best handled with words, Reuters reports.

Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia’s foreign minister, told a meeting of foreign ministers that they should have calm, dignified, polite and civilized talks.

“The most important thing is that we keep talking to each other,” he told a news conference.

Earlier this week, ASEAN foreign ministers called for “maximum restraint” regarding the Taiwan Strait, warning that the situation could lead to “serious confrontations, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences between major powers”.

Summary

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s ongoing live coverage of the Taiwan crisis. Here is a summary of the latest developments as it passes 10:30 a.m. in Taipei.

  • US, Australian and Japanese foreign ministers urged China to immediately halt military exercises around Taiwan. In a joint statement after a meeting in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Ministers foreigners from Australia and Japan, Penny Wong and Hayashi Yoshimasa, “have expressed concern over recent actions by the People’s Republic of China which seriously affect international peace and stability, including the use of large-scale military exercises They also “condemned the PRC’s launch of ballistic missiles, five of which the Japanese government says have landed in its exclusive economic zones, raising tensions and destabilizing the region.”
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov walked out of a plenary session in Cambodia just as Japan’s top diplomat Yoshimasa Hayashi was speaking Friday. Wang called a rare press conference on Friday night, where he accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of spreading misinformation. He called Nancy Pelosi’s trip a “despicable farce” and stressed that China’s military response was “firm, forceful and appropriate”.
  • US climate change envoy John Kerry says China’s decision to suspend bilateral climate change talks with the US doesn’t punish Washington, “it punishes the world.”. “No country should delay progress on existential transnational issues because of bilateral differences,” said the former US secretary of state, who is currently the Biden administration’s top climate diplomat. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby also told reporters that China’s decision to suspend cooperation in a number of critical areas was “fundamentally irresponsible”.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Chinese military exercises near Taiwan are a threat to regional security. Beijing has announced four days of exercises which should end on Sunday. The drills are a “serious issue that affects our national security and the safety of our citizens,” Kishida told reporters after a meeting with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Tokyo on Friday.
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Friday that the island’s military has dispatched planes and ships and deployed land-based missile systems to monitor ships and planes. which briefly crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait. On Thursday, China fired several missiles into the waters surrounding Taiwan. The Defense Ministry later said the missiles were high in the atmosphere and posed no threat. He gave no details of their flight paths, citing intelligence issues. Taiwan also said it dispatched jets on Friday to warn 49 Chinese planes in its air defense zone, according to Reuters. The 49 Chinese planes crossed the center line of the Taiwan Strait, the ministry said in a statement.
  • North Korea has denounced Nancy Pelosi as ‘the worst destroyer of international peace and stability’after the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives expressed her commitment during a visit to South Korea to achieve the denuclearization of the North.
  • China has “historically been the victim of foreign aggression”, its Foreign Ministry spokesman said. In a series of tweets on Friday, Hua Chunying said, “China has always been a victim of foreign aggression. Today, the United States still grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and tries to undermine China’s sovereignty and security from time to time.