Chinese-fired ballistic missiles fall into Japan’s Economic Zones

Beijing/Tokyo: Five ballistic missiles fired by the Chinese military have fallen into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the Japanese government said on Thursday.

The missiles fell in a training area designated by China, located southwest of Hateruma Island in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, it said, and it urged Beijing to immediately halt the military exercise. China is holding the drills to protest U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
“This is a grave issue that concerns our country’s national security and the safety of the people,” Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said, calling China’s move “extremely coercive.”
The Japanese government lodged a diplomatic protest with the Chinese government.
Hateruma is close to Taiwan and other islands such as Yonaguni and the Senkakus in the East China Sea.
The westernmost Japanese island of Yonaguni is a critical defense line for the Self-Defense Forces, while the Senkaku Islands, administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, are at the heart of bilateral friction.
Japan had expressed its grave concern about China’s military drills in locations near Taiwan from Thursday to Sunday, saying that the area overlaps with the EEZ, according to Kyodo news.
The drills came in response to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week, which has angered China and led to a flare-up in cross-strait tensions.
The United States has said Pelosi’s trip to the self-governed democratic Taiwan does not signal a change in U.S. policy on the island.

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