22 Chinese fighter jets entered the archipelago’s air defense zone, the government announced

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6:07 in the evening : It’s time to check the news on Thursday, August 4:

The National Assembly voted unanimously to amend the financial bill, in the latest version adopted yesterday evening by a joint committee, which largely restores the back-to-school bonus. The Senate must follow at night.

China has launched military maneuvers on an unprecedented scale around Taiwan, after the visit of the American Nancy Pelosi, mainly launching missiles, some of which fell into the waters of Japan. We asked a researcher about the risk of development.

The NGO Amnesty International has accused the Ukrainian army of endangering civilians, provoking a strong reaction from kyiv. In the Donetsk region, eight people were killed in a strike at a bus stop, which Ukraine said was Russia.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in eastern France. Tonight, temperatures up to 9 degrees above normal were measured across France. Météo France keeps 26 departments on orange alert.

5:51 pm : “The risk of voluntary escalation is extremely low. (…) The military exercises that China has announced it will conduct in the Taiwan Strait are not directly targeting American troops. (…) On the part of China, no mobilization of forces will mean a scenario of invasion of the island as we saw with Russia against Ukraine, a few weeks before the start of the conflict.

We summarize what is known about China’s military exercises. And researcher Antoine Bondaz answered questions from our journalist Rachel Rodrigues. He explains why these maneuvers are important, but does not prepare an imminent conflict.

5:48 pm : Twenty-two Chinese planes entered Taiwan’s airspace today, Taiwan’s defense minister admitted, a tally similar to previous days. Taiwan also confirmed that four of the missiles fired by China this morning during military maneuvers in response to the visit of the speaker of the American House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

4:42 pm : Japan claims four out of five Chinese missiles landed in its exclusive economic zone, as part of military maneuvers, “should have flown to the island of Taiwan”. This is the first time that missiles fired by China have made such an overflight of this independent territory over which Beijing claims sovereignty. Tokyo is calling “stop now” of these maneuvers, should last until Sunday.

2:31 in the afternoon : Japan’s Defense Minister announced that five missiles were fired this morning by China, as part of its military maneuvers around Taiwan, “suspected to have fallen within Japan’s exclusive economic zone”, ie waters under Japanese authority. This is the first The minister says that Tokyo has “filed a protest with China through diplomatic channels”.

2:19 in the afternoon : Let’s recall the main information of this Thursday:

• Chinese armed forces fired missiles into the waters surrounding Taiwan, as part of military exercises announced in response to the visit of American Nancy Pelosi.

• The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the conditional release of Patrick Balkany. The former LR mayor of Levallois-Perret, imprisoned in Fleury-Mérogis in February, will be released tomorrow.

• The preferred route to explain the explosion that occurred yesterday at the Eurenco factory, an area classified as high threshold in Seveso, is a “accident management”according to a source familiar with the matter at France Télévisions.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in eastern France. Tonight, temperatures up to 9 degrees above normal were measured across France. Météo France keeps 26 departments on orange alert.

12:24 p.m : China confirmed drawing “conventional missiles” as part of its military maneuvers around Taiwan this morning. “All missiles accurately hit their target, testing precision strike and access denial capabilities” in the area, said an army spokesman. For its part, Taiwan counts 11 Chinese missiles.

12:03 : It’s noon, time for the traditional news update:

• Chinese armed forces fired from “many ballistic missiles” in the waters surrounding Taiwan, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said. Beijing began its military exercises near the island this morning in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit. Follow our live.

• The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the conditional release of Patrick Balkany. The former LR mayor of Levallois-Perret, imprisoned in Fleury-Mérogis in February, will be released tomorrow.

• The preferred route to explain the explosion that occurred yesterday at the Eurenco factory, an area classified as high threshold in Seveso, is a “accident management”according to a source familiar with the matter at France Télévisions.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in eastern France. Météo France keeps 26 departments on orange alert.

11:51 in the morning : Major Taiwanese government websites suffered cyberattacks linked to China and Russia during Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, according to Taiwanese authorities. The sites of the presidential administration, the ministries of foreign affairs, defense and the main government internet portal in English were made temporarily inaccessible.

10:14 in the morning : Chinese armed forces fire from “several Dongfeng ballistic missiles” in the waters surrounding Taiwan, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said in a statement. Condemned by the island authorities “irrational actions that undermine peace in the region”.

09:19 : Time for a new news update:

The Chinese army fired projectiles towards the Taiwan Strait, according to an AFP reporter. Beijing began its military exercises near the island this morning, announced in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit. Follow our live.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in eastern France. Météo France keeps 26 departments on orange alert.

“There is no environmental risk to humans or animals” after the explosion of the Eurenco factory, assured the mayor of Bergerac Jonathan Prioleaud to franceinfo. “The critical prognosis of the seriously injured is no longer involved”, add the aedile.

07:56 : China’s military said it conducted practice firing and precision strikes in areas of the eastern Strait, according to a statement to Chinese state broadcaster CGTN (in English). “Obtained the expected results”added the army.

07:52 : The Chinese army fired projectiles towards the Taiwan Strait, according to an AFP reporter.

07:28 : Here’s an image of some of the devices that Beijing deployed around Taiwan this morning.

(HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

07:29 : Claimed by the Taiwan army “to prepare for war without seeking war”. This is the largest maneuver ever organized around the island by Beijing, which considers it one of its provinces.

07:30 : China has begun military exercises near Taiwan, announced in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

06:08 : The European Union condemned the military maneuvers “aggressive” of China around Taiwan, in response to Nancy Pelosi’s visit. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said “worried” and insisted on the risk of “bad calculations” which can lead to “open conflicts”.

07:32 : Let’s start with a news item:

China is expected to begin military maneuvers this morning near the coast of Taiwan, following Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.

The second part of the measures in favor of purchasing power will be submitted to the final vote of the parliamentarians this afternoon, after an agreement of the joint committee (CMP) yesterday evening. The first part was fully adopted on Wednesday.

The heat wave continues and strengthens in eastern France. Météo France keeps 26 departments on orange alert.

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