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China's war game spurs Taiwan business to rally on island defense

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The Chinese military sent planes and warships for two days to survey Taiwan’s defenses, escalating a crisis that prompted one of Taiwan’s richest men to donate millions of dollars to Taiwan’s security. I was.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Friday that multiple groups of Chinese fighter jets and warships were operating in an area of ​​the Taiwan Strait until 11 a.m. Risk of conflict.

Robert Tsao, founder of contract chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp, has announced a donation of NT$3 billion ($100 million) to Taiwan’s defense.

“With the Chinese Communist Party acting relentlessly against Taiwan, perhaps they think that all Taiwanese are afraid of death and want money?” he said at a heated press conference. “But I hope . . . we will rise and fight for freedom, democracy and human rights.”

Cao previously told Taiwanese media that his two sons would return to the country if China invaded. It was from a prominent heavyweight in the clothing department.

Last week, Mark Liu, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., one of the world’s leading high-end chip makers, told CNN, “No one can control TSMC by force.”

Chinese live-fire exercises in March 1996 and August 2022

China’s unprecedented live-fire war game, which sparked the biggest cross-strait crisis since the 1990s, began this week to punish Taiwan for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

On Friday, during the final visit of her five-nation tour, Pelosi met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who condemned China’s missile launches and called for an immediate halt to military exercises.

At a press conference, Pelosi said the visit was not intended to change the status quo, but was done against the backdrop of China’s repeated attempts to isolate the island from the rest of the world.

Hours after China launched its first ballistic missile into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Pelosi and Kishida met.

Meanwhile, China’s official media tried to shore up support for the exercises following international backlash. He said it was intended as a “deterrence” after changing the status quo. Ukraine in February.

Professor Meng Xiangqing of the National Defense University in Beijing claimed that the US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was forced to withdraw hundreds of kilometers after the People’s Liberation Army set up a firing range east of Taiwan.

Pelosi’s trip across Asia has also highlighted the diplomatic embarrassment of regional leaders embroiled in a dispute between the world’s two largest economies. On Thursday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol refused to meet with Pelosi during her visit to Seoul.

Chinese media and netizens cheered at this apparent disrespect. “Pelosi seems unpopular in Seoul,” wrote the Global Times, a Chinese state-owned nationalist tabloid.

Additional reporting by Maiqi Ding from Beijing and Tom Mitchell from Singapore

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