Per Taiwan News, mainland media reported that an unknown number of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Su-35 fighter jets passed through the Taiwan Strait. The reports came minutes before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic visit to Taiwan late on Tuesday. In response to that, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense called the reports ‘fake news,’ adding that it would send appropriate forces to deal with the threat.
Taiwan’s National Defense Ministry tweeted on Tuesday, August 2, “In response to rumors online that PLA [People’s Liberation Army] Su-35 fighter jets had crossed Taiwan Strait, that is fake news. Please follow the correct message from our official website.”
“Meanwhile, we urge netizens to not spread it and strongly condemn this malicious act.”
According to Reuters, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that it had a full grasp of all actions near Taiwan and would send forces in response to “enemy threats” as appropriate.
Its statement reads, “We have the determination, ability and confidence to ensure national security.”
As France 24 reported, in reaction to Pelosi’s arrival, China said its military had been put on high alert and would launch “targeted military operations.”
China’s foreign ministry then condemned the U.S.’ actions, adding that Pelosi’s visit gravely undermines peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
The statement issued on Tuesday said, “It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”