Beijing’s actions are perceived as a direct retaliation to the US House speaker’s visit to Taiwan when he complimented the self-governing island for having “one of the freest societies in the world.”
According to the defense ministry, Chinese military drills staged close to Taiwan constitute a blockade of the island’s air and seaspace and have invaded its territory.
The exercises by the Chinese navy and air force are seen as a direct response to the visit to Taiwan of top US politician Nancy Pelosi, the most senior American politician to visit in 25 years.
The Taiwan Defense Ministry said China had broken UN rules and it would counter any incursions into its territory.
It said the live-fire exercises in the sea and airspace around Taiwan were “endangering international shipping lanes, challenging the international order, undermining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, and endangering the area”.
And it accused Beijing of using psychological warfare, urging people to report “fake news” to the authorities.
Ms. Pelosi had earlier praised Taiwan for being “one of the freest societies in the world” as she addressed the self-ruled island’s parliament during the visit that infuriated Beijing.
Ms. Pelosi also met with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, in the capital of Taipei on Wednesday.