Chinese military exercises are underway near Taiwan.

China continued to show its anger over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan on Saturday, with its third day of military exercises that have crossed the island and raised fears of a potential conflict. Is.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Saturday that several shipments of Chinese military aircraft and warships had been detected around the Taiwan Strait, some of them crossing the unofficial median line that divides the island from mainland China. Is. The ministry said they appeared to be engaged in training to attack the main island of Taiwan.

Already, China’s show of force, which is expected to continue through Sunday, threatens the region which Taiwan sees as more direct than its previous exercises.

China has fired at least 11 missiles into waters north, south and east of Taiwan, including at least one that flew over the island, although Taiwan says it is at a height that There is no danger. On Friday, it also deployed fighter jets, bombers, destroyers, drones and security ships in waters near the island. Many of the zones the Chinese military has designated for this week’s drills are closer to areas on the island that were declared during the Taiwan Strait crisis in the mid-1990s, in which China This included launching missiles around Taiwan.

At least 49 Chinese military jets have crossed the line since the drills began on Thursday, according to Taiwanese officials.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday that China had “unilaterally created a crisis” by overreacting to Ms Pelosi’s visit.

“Taiwanese people have the right to be friends with the rest of the world, and China has no right to interfere with the rest of the world’s friendship with Taiwan,” the statement said.

The military drills are the most prominent element of the Chinese response to Ms. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which she said was intended to show support for the island and its vibrant democracy. Before her arrival on Tuesday, China had repeatedly warned that the gesture by Ms Pelosi – the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years – would lead to “serious consequences”. China claims Taiwan as its territory and Chinese leader Xi Jinping has promised eventual unification by force if necessary.

China also said on Friday it would cancel or suspend talks with the United States on military coordination and climate change, in what some analysts said was a miscommunication turning into a full-blown crisis. The chances may increase.

At the same time, the US is seeking to strengthen its ties with other Asian countries, as a counterweight to China’s regional and global influence. On Saturday, Secretary of State Anthony J. Blanken met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila. In a public exchange, Mr Marcos told Mr Blanken that he did not think Ms Pelosi’s visit had “escalated” tensions in the region, which he said were already high – that There is a clear denial of China’s claims that the United Nations were the states responsible for the current conflict.

Fears that China will try to physically block Ms. Pelosi’s visit. But U.S. officials are concerned that the drills, which began less than 24 hours after they left Taiwan, could still lead to more direct conflict, either intentionally or accidentally.

Chinese officials, who have encouraged upheaval and sometimes virulent nationalism at home, may feel pressure to show they are responding strongly. Some Chinese social media users have expressed disappointment or embarrassment that the government did not move to block Ms. Pelosi’s visit. Some made it clear that they were expecting military action.

Even if the drills do not lead directly to a full-blown crisis, they could signal a new pattern of aggression and infiltration by the Chinese military. Global Times, an official tabloid, said in an editorial on Friday that work to promote reunification with Taiwan had “entered a new phase.”

The US has tried to avoid further provoking China. It has said it stands by the status quo in Taiwan and recognizes China’s stated claim to the island without recognizing it. The Pentagon ordered the USS Ronald Reagan to “remain on station” in the region, maintaining some distance from the Taiwan Strait.

But China has made it clear that it considers any criticism of its exercises an insult. He has summoned many ambassadors after his countries. Expressed concern The drills came after some Chinese missiles landed in waters that Japan claims on Thursday, prompting Japan’s prime minister to call for an “immediate halt” to the Chinese embassy representative in Japan. told Japan not to “slip into the abyss” of geopolitical conflict.

Amy Chang Chian, John Leo And Edward Wong Cooperation reporting.