China's punitive measures on Taiwan likely to intensify & last for months, even years

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has wrapped up her Asia tour with a visit to Japan, having flown from South Korea.

China expresses its displeasure

In retaliation for her visit, China has launched six live-fire drills in the waters around Taiwan on Thursday (Aug. 4), unsubtly sending a message that it has surrounded the island.

Besides Taiwan, who called the move "highly provocative", and said the drills amount to a "blockade" on the island, China's actions have earned protests from Japan as well.

Our government & military are closely monitoring China's military exercises & information warfare operations, ready to respond as necessary. I call on the international community to support democratic Taiwan & halt any escalation of the regional security situation. pic.twitter.com/uAoDAU2bMV

— 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 5, 2022

The Japanese defence ministry said five ballistic missiles had landed in the country's exclusive economic zone, with four out of the five having been fired by China over Taiwan's main island.

The exercises are also held particularly close to Taiwan's shoreline, with an exercise zone being set just 9 nautical miles (16.7km) from Taiwan's southwestern coast, where the port city of Kaohsiung is located nearby.

Just in case anyone wonders why five missiles launched by China fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone. pic.twitter.com/QS5u1GCupx

— Duan Dang (@duandang) August 4, 2022

Unprecedented military drills meant to change the status quo

Meng Xiangqing, a professor at Beijing's National Defense University, told China Central Television, as cited by

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