BREAKING NEWS: China fires five ballistic missiles landing in Japan’s Economic Zone

BREAKING NEWS: China fires DF-17 hypersonic missiles into Taiwan waters Credit: Twitter @Flash43191300

China has launched nine ballistic missiles, five of which have reportedly landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone, as reported on Thursday, August 4.

Update 3.36.pm (August 4)  China’s ballistic missiles that landed in Japan were reported by the Japanese Ministry of Defence who posted a graph on the incident:

Credit: mod.go.jp

The Japanese Ministry of Defence stated:

“China appears to have launched nine ballistic missiles between about 15:00 and just after 16:00 today. Five of these missiles are estimated to have fallen within Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Details are as follows:

(1) At around 14:56 hr, the missile was launched from the coast of Fujian Province and flew about 350 km. It flew about 350 km.

(2) Fired from inland China at 14:56 hrs, and flew about 700 km. It flew about 700 km.

(3) At around 15:14, the aircraft was launched from inland China and flew about 550 km. (iii) At around 15:14, launched from inland China and flew about 550 km.

(4) At around 15:57, launched from the coast of Zhejiang Province and flew about 350 km. The aircraft flew about 350 km.

(5) Launched from the coast of Zhejiang Province at around 15:57, and flew about 650 km. Flying about 650 km.

(6) At about 16:05, launched from the coast of Fujian Province and flew about 500 km. It flew about 500 km.

(7) At about 16:05, launched from the coast of Fujian Province and flew about 550 km. It flew about 550 km.

(8) Launched from the coast of Fujian Province at 16:08, and flew about 500 km. It flew about 500 km.

(9) Launched from the coast of Fujian Province at 16:08 and flew about 550 km. The missile flew about 550 km.

(10) was outside Japan’s EEZ in the training area set up north-northwest of Yonaguni Island, as announced by China, and (5) to (9) were estimated to have fallen within Japan’s EEZ in the training area set up southwest of Hateruma Island, as announced by China.

The bombs are presumed to have fallen within Japan’s EEZ in the training area set southwest of Hateruma Island, as announced by China. Furthermore, it is presumed that (6) to (9) flew over the main island of Taiwan.

It is presumed that (2) and (3) fell in the training area southwest of Taiwan announced by China, and (4) fell in the training area north of Taiwan announced by China.

Ballistic missiles have fallen into the training sea area set up in the waters near Japan, including Japan’s EEZ, which is a serious problem concerning the security of Japan and the safety of its people, and we strongly condemn this.

The Ministry of Defence and the Self-Defence Forces will continue to do their utmost to collect and analyse information and conduct vigilance monitoring.

Update 9.54.am (August 4) “BREAKING: @MoNDefense just confirmed that PLA fired several DF ballistic missiles into Taiwan’s northeast and southwest waters starting from 13:46 local time. In response, the ministry has launched defence systems and condemns irrational actions which undermine regional peace,” read a tweet by Foreign affairs reporter TingTing Liu.

Credit: Twitter @tingtingliuTVBS

“#China is firing rockets / missiles over #Taiwan into the sea”

“Unconfirmed social media video and reports suggest the #PLA live-fire drills are sending missiles through Taiwan’s airspace and into the sea beyond the island.”

Credit: Twitter @IndoPac_info

Video footage of the alleged missile strikes was also shared:

Credit: Twitter @Flash43191300

Original 7.30.am (August 4) Following rising tensions after US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, China will reportedly be carrying out their biggest ever live military exercises in close proximity to Taiwan, as reported on Thursday, August 4.

China’s biggest ever military exercises in Taiwan have caused many to speculate on a potential invasion with Chinese state-affiliated media reporting the use of hypersonic missiles:

“In exercises off Taiwan’s coast, China will use long range artillery & DF-17 hypersonic missiles for the first time, Global Times reports.”

“It said that missiles will fly over Taiwan for the first time, & Chinese forces will enter areas within 12 n. miles of Taiwan.”

“The big question here is are the drills just that, or are they phase 1 of an upcoming invasion.”

“The exercises allow for the deployment of a lot of naval forces right next to Taiwan’s coast. Such situation facilitates an invasion at a time of their choosing.”

Credit: Twitter @IndoPac_info

In addition AFP News Agency reported that “the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers urge restraint as China readies massive military drills off Taiwan.”

“The situation “could lead to miscalculation, serious confrontation, open conflicts and unpredictable consequences among major powers”

Credit: Twitter @AFP

Taiwan’s Ministry of Defence has also commented on the situation stating:

“#ROCArmdForces are operating as usual and monitor our surroundings in response to irrational activities from PRC, aiming for changing the status quo & destabilizing the region’s security. We seek no escalation, but we don’t stand down when it comes to our security and sovereignty.”

Credit: Twitter @MoNDefense

Taipei’s Maritime and Port Bureau has also issued a notice to mariners” stating:

“Response Measures to the Military Exercises Announced by People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the Waters Around Taiwan (Eastern Taiwan).”

“PRC will conduct important military exercises from 10:00 on August 4 to 10:00 on August 8, 2022. There is one more exercise area added in the waters around Eastern Taiwan.”

“Vessels are urged to avoid the areas where the exercises are being held. Vessels should pay attention to navigation safety.”

Credit: Twitter @duandang

Taiwan’s ports and waterways, are currently blocked by China as a consequence to the US visit, with the People’s Liberation Army of China announcing several military exercises around Taiwan.


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