China launches missiles into Taiwan’s maritime territory

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry accused Beijing of firing “several ballistic missiles into northeast and southwest Taiwan waters since 1:56 p.m. (local time, 7:56 a.m. CET),” the ministry announced on Twitter.

“We condemn these irrational acts which threaten regional peace.” A TVBS News reporter from Taiwan said the ministry had “launched the defense system”.

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Chinese missiles fly over Taiwan.Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP

Images posted on Chinese social media reportedly show artillery and missile fire towards the Taiwan Strait. Agence France-Presse broadcast a video of a Chinese military helicopter flying near the Chinese island of Pingtan. The island is only about 130 kilometers from Taiwan.

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