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China expands military exercises around Taiwan

China continues to conduct military exercises around Taiwan, disrupting shipping and air traffic and greatly raising concerns about possible conflict in the region.

Since Thursday, China has conducted a series of large-scale military exercises around Taiwan, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and other Western allies. (Reuters Archive)

China has held new military exercises around Taiwan, defying calls to end the largest-ever exercise surrounding the democratic island.

The exercises include anti-submarine training, according to a social media post Monday by the eastern leadership of the Chinese Communist Party’s military arm, the People’s Liberation Army.

The military said the exercises, which included missile strikes, fighter jets and movement of ships across the midline of the Taiwan Strait that separates the two shores, were in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the autonomous island last week. .

China has ignored calls to defuse tensions and there was no immediate indication of when the equivalent of a lockdown would end.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said Sunday it had found a total of 66 aircraft and 14 warships conducting air exercises with the navy.

Taiwan has put its military on high alert and deployed ships, planes and other assets to “simulate attacks on our ships on the island of Taiwan and at sea.” China’s aircraft, ships and drones This was addressed by monitoring the

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Taiwan military responds

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency reported that Taiwan’s military will conduct live-fire drills in southern Pingtung County on Tuesday and Thursday in response to China’s exercises.

The training will include snipers, combat vehicles, armored vehicles and attack helicopters, the report said, citing anonymous sources.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and threatens to annex it by force if necessary. Although the two sides split in her 1949 after the civil war, Beijing views visits to Taiwan by foreign officials as an acknowledgment of its sovereignty.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to “support Taiwan’s democracy” and “stop the deterioration of the regional security situation”.

The seven developed countries have also criticized China’s actions, and the Chinese government canceled a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.

China has also cut off defense and climate talks with the United States and imposed sanctions in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit.

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Source: TRTWorld and institutions

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