DIRECT. Taiwan: Chinese missiles suspected of falling in Japanese waters, Tokyo says

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2:31 p.m. : The Minister of Defense of Japan announces that five missiles fired this morning by China, as part of its military maneuvers around Taiwan, “are suspected to have fallen within the exclusive economic zone of Japan”, i.e. waters under Japanese authority. This is a first The minister says that Tokyo has “filed a protest with China through diplomatic channels”.

2:19 p.m. : Let us recall the main information of this Thursday:

• Chinese armed forces have fired missiles into the waters surrounding Taiwan, as part of military exercises announced in response to the visit of American Nancy Pelosi.

• The Paris Court of Appeal has confirmed the conditional release of Patrick Balkany. The former LR mayor of Levallois-Perret, imprisoned in Fleury-Mérogis in February, will be released tomorrow.

• The preferred route to explain the explosion that occurred yesterday in the Eurenco factory, a site classified as Seveso upper threshold, is that of a “handling accident”according to a source familiar with the matter at France Télévisions.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in the east of France. Tonight, temperatures up to 9 degrees above normal were measured across France. Météo France has maintained 26 departments on orange alert.

12:24 p.m. : China confirms having drawn “conventional missiles” as part of its military maneuvers around Taiwan this morning. “All missiles hit their target accurately, testing precision strike and access denial capabilities” to the area, said an army spokesman. For its part, Taiwan has counted 11 Chinese missiles.

12:03 : It’s noon, time for the traditional update on the news:

• The Chinese armed forces fired from “multiple ballistic missiles” in the waters surrounding Taiwan, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said. Beijing began its military exercises near the island this morning in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit. Follow our live.

• The Paris Court of Appeal has confirmed the conditional release of Patrick Balkany. The former LR mayor of Levallois-Perret, imprisoned in Fleury-Mérogis in February, will be released tomorrow.

• The preferred route to explain the explosion that occurred yesterday in the Eurenco factory, a site classified as Seveso upper threshold, is that of a “handling accident”according to a source familiar with the matter at France Télévisions.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in the east of France. Météo France has maintained 26 departments on orange alert.

11:51 a.m. : Major Taiwanese government websites suffered cyberattacks linked to China and Russia during Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, according to Taiwanese authorities. The sites of the presidential administration, the ministries of foreign affairs, defense and the main internet portal of the government in English have been made temporarily inaccessible.

10:14 a.m. : The Chinese armed forces fired from “multiple Dongfeng ballistic missiles” in the waters surrounding Taiwan, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said in a statement. The island’s authorities condemned “irrational actions that undermine regional peace”.

09:19 : It’s time for a new update on the news:

The Chinese army fired projectiles towards the Taiwan Strait, according to an AFP journalist. Beijing began its military exercises near the island this morning, announced in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit. Follow our live.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in the east of France. Météo France has maintained 26 departments on orange alert.

“There is no environmental risk to humans or animals” after the explosion of the Eurenco factory, assured the mayor of Bergerac Jonathan Prioleaud on franceinfo. “The vital prognosis of the seriously injured is no longer engaged”, adds the aedile.

07:56 : Chinese military says it conducted practice firing and precision strikes in areas east of the strait, according to A declaration on the Chinese public television channel CGTN (in English). “The expected results have been obtained”adds the army.

07:52 : The Chinese army is firing projectiles towards the Taiwan Strait, according to an AFP journalist.

07:28 : Here is an image of some of the devices mobilized by Beijing around Taiwan this morning.

(HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

07:29 : The Taiwanese army claims “to prepare for war without seeking war”. These are the biggest maneuvers ever organized around the island by Beijing, which considers it one of its provinces.

07:30 : China has started military exercises near Taiwan, announced in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

06:08 : The European Union has condemned the military maneuvers “aggressive” of China around Taiwan, in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said “concerned” and insisted on the risk of “bad calculations” which could lead to “open conflicts”.

07:32 : Let’s start with a point on the news:

China is expected to begin military maneuvers this morning near the coast of Taiwan, after Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.

The second part of measures in favor of purchasing power will be submitted to the final vote of parliamentarians this afternoon, after an agreement in the joint committee (CMP) yesterday evening. The first part was definitively adopted on Wednesday.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in the east of France. Météo France has maintained 26 departments on orange alert.

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