China's planned military exercises around Taiwan are tantamount to a "maritime and aerial blockade" and have "violated Taiwan’s territorial waters and its contiguous zone," the island's Defense Ministry said in a news briefing on Wednesday.
Defense Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Sun Li-fang said China's “irrational” planned live-fire drills “threaten international waterway, challenge the international order, undermines cross-strait status quo and endangers regional security.”
“We will take countermeasures against any acts that violate our sovereignty,” Sun said, adding that Taiwan’s military does not seek a war but will always be prepared for it.
The military will strengthen alertness in a “rational way that doesn't heighten conflict," he added.
Some context: On Tuesday, China's military said it would start exercises around Taiwan in response to Pelosi's visit to the self-governing island and launch a series of "targeted military operations to counteract the situation," according to statements released by China's Eastern Theater Command and Ministry of Defense.