News ID: 323352
Published: 0300 GMT August 08, 2022

China holds fresh military drills around Taiwan

China holds fresh military drills around Taiwan

China carried out fresh military drills around Taiwan Monday, Beijing said, continuing its largest-ever exercises encircling the island in the wake of a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Beijing has raged at the trip by Pelosi – the highest-ranking elected US official to visit Taiwan in decades – ripping up a series of talks and cooperation agreements with Washington, most notably on climate change and defence, AFP reported

The drills had been expected to draw to a close on Sunday, but China said Monday they were still ongoing.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday that China was conducting normal military exercises "in our own waters" in an open, transparent and professional way, adding that Taiwan was part of China.

"The eastern theatre of the Chinese People's Liberation Army continued to carry out practical joint exercises and training in the sea and airspace around Taiwan island," the military said.

The exercises, the PLA's Eastern Command said, were "focusing on organising joint anti-submarine and sea assault operations".

Taipei condemned Beijing for extending the drills.

The Eastern Command also shared a photo it said was of a warship on patrol with Taiwan's shoreline visible in the background.

Ballistic missiles were fired over Taiwan's capital during the exercises last week, according to Chinese state media.




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