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Taiwan sees cyber-attack, Chinese warplanes amid spat with China over expected Pelosi visit

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Taiwan on Tuesday was hit with a cyber-attack and threatened by Chinese warfare planes flying close to its boundary within the Taiwan Straight as tensions with Beijing have escalated forward of an unconfirmed visit from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  

Taiwanese authorities confirmed Tuesday that the Office of the President’s web site fell sufferer to an “overseas cyber-attack” that brought about the location to be down for 20 minutes, in line with native reporters.  

The president’s office reportedly confirmed that Tuesday’s “attack traffic was 200 times that of a normal day.”

In this photograph launched Dec. 31, 2021, by Xinhua News Agency, an undated photograph exhibits a carrier-based J-15 fighter jet getting ready to land on the Chinese navy’s Liaoning aircraft-carrier throughout open-sea fight coaching.
(Hu Shanmin/Xinhua through AP)

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The wrongdoer behind the assault has not but been revealed however got here simply hours earlier than Chinese warplanes flew near the unofficial dividing line that separates the Taiwan Strait between mainland China and Taiwan.

Chinese planes reportedly engaged in tactical strikes and repeatedly “touched” the aerial boundaries earlier than and circling again to the opposite facet of the strait, first reported Reuters. 

Taiwanese plane waited on standby, the report mentioned.

On Monday China additionally despatched warships close to the unofficial boundary sooner or later forward of Pelosi’s expected a visit to Taiwan. 

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Chinese naval fleet passes through naval mine threat area during the China-Russia 'Joint Sea-2021' military drill near the Peter the Great Gulf on Oct. 15, 2021, in Russia.

Chinese naval fleet passes by way of naval mine risk space through the China-Russia ‘Joint Sea-2021’ army drill close to the Peter the Great Gulf on Oct. 15, 2021, in Russia.
(Sun Zifa/China News Service through Getty Images)

The White House has mentioned it is going to “not be intimidated” by China’s “saber-rattling” and has stood by Pelosi’s proper to visit Taiwan. 

“China appears to be positioning itself to potentially take further steps in the coming days and, perhaps, over a longer time horizons,” National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby mentioned. “These potential steps from China could include military provocations such as firing missiles in the Taiwan Strait or around Taiwan.”

This handout photo taken and released by Malaysia’s Department of Information, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, tours the parliament house in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. 

This handout photograph taken and launched by Malaysia’s Department of Information, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, middle, excursions the parliament home in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. 
(Malaysia’s Department of Information through AP)

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He mentioned China might also look to “break historical norms” by coming into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone, conducting naval actions “that cross the median line,” and extra extremely publicizing army workout routines.

Pelosi, whose office has not confirmed whether or not she will likely be touring to Taipei, is reportedly set to land in Taiwan Tuesday in line with native studies.

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