Beijing kicks off ‘unprecedented’ drills around Taiwan

The People’s Liberation Army embarked on major war games following a high-level US trip to Taiwan

According to state media, the Chinese military began a massive round of military drills close to Taiwan. This was in response to Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker, having visited Taiwan recently.

The live-fire exercises kicked off on Thursday afternoon, China’s CGTN reported, citing the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The drills are not yet known, though the military stated that they would be carried out in six key areas within the waters around Taiwan.

State media reported that the exercises included a number of other elements. “joint blockade” drill, “sea assault and land and air combat training,”and the demonstration “advanced weapons” such as Beijing’s DF-17 hypersonic missile.

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FILE PHOTO: A US-made F-16V fighter jet launches flares during military exercises in  Taiwan, July 16, 2020
Taiwan ‘fired flares’ at Chinese drones

Ahead of the CGTN report, Taiwan’s military claimed to have warded off two Chinese drones flying near the heavily fortified Kinmen islands, located less than 10 miles off the coast of the mainland. The alleged encounter was not confirmed by Chinese officials.

PLA drills are the result of a highly publicized visit by Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker, to Taiwan earlier in this week. Beijing condemned it as an act of war. “complete farce”It is a breach of Taiwan’s sovereignty and an invasion of its territory.



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