Chinese ballistic missiles land in Japan’s exclusive economic zone

A day after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi completed a whirlwind less than 24-hour trip to Taiwan, a miffed China has started its largest military exercise around Taiwan. Now, five of its nine ballistic missiles have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), increasing tension in the region and threatening instability.

Japan’s defence minister Nobuo Kishi termed the incident as ‘first of its kind’ and was quoted as saying by the media, “Five of the nine ballistic missiles launched by China are believed to have landed within Japan’s EEZ,”

Reportedly, Japan has also lodged a diplomatic protest in the aftermath of the incident. The Japanese minister also called the matter a serious problem that affected the national security of the country and the safety of its citizens.

It is pertinent to note that islands such as Okinawa, situated in the southernmost end of Japan are close to Taiwan. The EEZ extends to over 370 kilometres from Japan’s coastline, beyond its territorial waters.