9th August 2022 – (Taipei) Local media report that China has continued with its large-scale live-fire drills around Taiwan and Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it had been hit by 170 million cyberattacks per minute during the height of the tension last week. The attacked peaked between 4th and 6th August. MOFA claimed that IP addresses located in China and Russia launched up to 8.5 million views of MOFA and government websites a minute in an effort to paralyse them. The live-fire exercise has been extended by PLA Eastern Theatre Command despite its announcement earlier to end yesterday. It further said that the drills are meant for joint defence of Taiwan. However, U.S. President Biden said that he doesn’t think China will do anything more.
Meanwhile, the Philippine representative to Taiwan denied that his office has discussed evacuation plans with any Filipino community in Taiwan amid ongoing Chinese military exercises around Taiwan after some of the over 100,000 Filipino domestic helpers in Taiwan have begun to express concerns about the need to evacuate in the event China further ramps up its military aggression against Taiwan.
In addition, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) tracked 39 Chinese military aircraft and 13 warships around Taiwan as of 5pm yesterday.
Taiwan also started an artillery drill Tuesday simulating a defence against an attack as its top diplomat accused Beijing of preparing to invade the island after days of massive Chinese war games. Taipei’s drill started in the southern county of Pingtung shortly after 0040 GMT with the firing of target flares and artillery, ending just under an hour later at 0130 GMT, said Lou Woei-jye, spokesman for Taiwan’s Eighth Army Corps. Taiwan has insisted that no Chinese warplanes or ships entered its territorial waters – within 12 nautical miles of land – during Beijing’s drills.