Japan says 5 Chinese missiles were believed to have landed within its Exclusive Economic Zone
Earlier, the Eastern Theater Command said it had conducted long-range, live-fire training in the Taiwan Strait, state broadcaster CCTV reported, as part of planned military exercises around the island.
Taiwan reported Chinese long-range rockets had fallen near its islands of Matsu, Wuqiu and Dongyin, which are in the Taiwan Strait, but located closer to the mainland than the main island of Taiwan.
The Chinese missiles flew over Taiwan Island for the first time, a Chinese military expert said on state television channel CCTV on Thursday, representing a major escalation of China's military intimidation against Taiwan.
The conventional missiles flew over airspace covered by Taiwanese defense missiles, said Maj. Gen. Meng Xiangqing, a professor of strategy at the National Defense University in Beijing.
The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said in a statement late Thursday night that the trajectory of the missiles was above the atmosphere and therefore posed no risk to Taiwan.
Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan on August 4, 2022.
Well in advance of Pelosi's near 24-hour visit to Taiwan, China had warned her presence was not welcome.
China issued a map showing six zones around Taiwan that would be the site of drills in coming days.
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island in Fujian province on Aug. 4.
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan on August 4, 2022.
Meanwhile, the United States military was silent on the Chinese exercises and did not provide any answers to CNN questions on Thursday.
Besides keeping a close eye on Chinese military movements around the island, Taiwan also said it would strengthen security against cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns.