Taiwan’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday expressed its "solemn condemnation" of China’s live-fire drills around the island, saying the Chinese military's exercises show its mentality of “using force to resolve differences."
“The live fire drills are an attempt to threaten our key ports and urban areas, unilaterally undermining regional peace and stability. This will not help China’s international image and hurt people’s feelings on both sides of the Strait,” the island's Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.
The Defense Ministry is keeping close tabs on the Chinese military’s activities, has strengthened its alertness and will “respond timely and appropriately as needed," it said, reiterating: "We have the resolve, capabilities and confidence to ensure national security."
Some context: After Pelosi's arrival late Tuesday, China's military said it would start exercises around Taiwan in response and launch a series of "targeted military operations to counteract the situation," according to statements from China's Eastern Theater Command and Ministry of Defense.