Chinese forces have reportedly fired ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan and the Japanese exclusive economic zone (EEZ) during their large-scale military exercises.
The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense (MND) said that from 1:56 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Chinese navy launched a total of 11 Dongfeng ballistic missiles into the waters surrounding northern, southern, and eastern Taiwan in various salvos.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that Chinese ballistic missiles have also landed in their EEZ just southwest of Hateruma Island in Okinawa Prefecture.
“This is a grave issue that concerns our country’s national security and the safety of the people,” said Kishi.
There were no reported casualties or deaths, but sea vessels and planes could no longer use the usual shipping lanes.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying did not comment if the drills had ended, and said that state media already announced the Aug. 4-7 timeframe.
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