PLA fires multiple Dongfeng intercontinental ballistic missiles during military exercise around Taiwan


4th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan triggered a series of military intimidation from the mainland. From 12pm noon on Thursday (4th) to 12pm next Sunday (7th), the People’s Liberation Army designated 6 zones in the sea and airspace around Taiwan, and carried out large-scale military exercises.

Local media pointed out that the Mainland increased to 7 zones at 9am on Thursday, adding another military exercise area in the eastern sea, and the training time has been extended to 10am next Monday (8th).

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said the People’s Liberation Army fired multiple Dongfeng intercontinental ballistic missiles on Thursday afternoon. State media reported that an important military exercise of the PLA started at noon on Thursday, with live ammunition being deployed. Six zones around the island were selected for the actual combat training. During this period, relevant ships and aircraft are not allowed to enter the relevant waters and airspace.

A picture on social media purportedly showing a missile being fired from a beach Mainland China.

According to the report, the army units of the PLA Eastern Theatre Command conducted long-range live ammunition training in the Taiwan Strait at around 1.56pm on Thursday, and carried out precise strikes on specific areas in the eastern Taiwan Strait, achieving the expected results. The official also announced that the People’s Liberation Army will organise long-range fire and conventional missile test launches around Taiwan Island in the near future.

Another source from local media in media stated that the PLA launched two long-range rockets at a missile site in Ningde City, Fujian Province at about 1.56pm, but it was not confirmed where the target area was fired, and whether it was a drill under the Eastern Theatre Command. It is reported that the air control centre of the Taiwan Air Force Combat Command has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) or Notice to Air Missions about the PLA military exercise, including a new no-fly zone, but the details are unknown.

Taiwan authorities found two missiles launched from the mainland near the outlying island of Matsu at 2pm.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence later confirmed that the People's Liberation Army launched a number of Dongfeng series ballistic missiles into the surrounding waters of northeastern and southwestern Taiwan. The Taiwan military uses various early warning, surveillance and reconnaissance mechanisms to instantly grasp the launch dynamics, activate relevant defence systems, and strengthen combat readiness. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence condemned the mainland's actions, describing it as an irrational action that undermined regional peace.

Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that the purported plan to evacuate Chinese nationals from Taiwan in reports carried by China’s state-media CCTV is disinformation. The rumour is running wild online and has been identified as fake news, MAC said.