Prepare for war in the pacific. Chinese missiles have landed in Japanese waters after being fired towards Taiwan.
Tokyo has said that this is an accidental occurrence, and that any war that may result from this miscalculation would be the largest in Chinese history.
Five out of nine ballistic missiles fired by China landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japan’s Defense Minister said today.He added that he has lodged a protest with Beijing.
The island of Yonaguni, which is Japanese territory, sits approximately 70 miles off Taiwan’s eastern coast, in Japanese waters which the country has special rights to.
China has previously fired ballistic missiles at its neighbor, but this is the first time they have landed in Japan’s territory.
Taiwan reported that China fired a total of eleven ballistic missiles into waters off its south-western and north-eastern coasts today.
The missiles began around 2pm local time and continued until 4pm.
Beijing scrambled fighter jets and sent some of its most advanced warships to surround the island, in what state media said is a rehearsal for an invasion.
The drills will last until Sunday, and will include long-range bombers and hypersonic missiles.
Two aircraft carriers are located nearby China. American forces, including the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier which is forward-deployed with the Pacific Fleet, are suspected to be nearby, while missile-tracking spy planes have been sent to watch over the drills.
Xi Jinping announced the exercise using House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to the island on Tuesday and Wednesday as a pretext.
The visit of the delegation of the Senate did not cause any response.