China launches live-fire military drills around Taiwan in fury after Pelosi’s visit
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China is conducting a series of military exercises near Taiwan, apparently angered after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the disputed island territory.
China’s military is conducting live-fire combat training in the Taiwan Strait, a narrow body of water disputed between mainland China and Taiwan.
The military is reportedly practicing sea blockades and missile launches as well as ground combat. The Chinese military is using advanced technology in the exercises, including J-20 stealth fighter jets and DF-17 hypersonic missiles.
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“In the event of a future military conflict, the operational plans currently being rehearsed are likely to translate directly into combat operations,” Chinese military official Song Zhongping told the nation’s state-run tabloid Global Times.
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“It means that our battle plan has been made clear to the United States and Taiwan authorities, and we are confident enough to inform them of the consequences of a further provocation in this way,” Song said.
The Global Times stated that the exercises would “enter a 12-nautical-mile zone of the island and the so-called median line will cease to exist.” The warships would be “surrounding” and “completely blockading the island demonstrating mainland China’s absolute control over the Taiwan issue,” according to the Global Times.
The People’s Republic of China has long claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, the relatively narrow strip of ocean between the island of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. The Chinese military has frequently sent aircraft to the area, testing Taiwan’s air defense zone.
The US has no official relations with Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China, and maintains a “One China Policy”. which recognizes the People’s Republic of China as the legitimate successor nation.
China had issued stern warnings against Pelosi’s visit in the previous weeks, including threats from government officials and television personalities. President Biden revealed weeks ago that the US military “thinks it’s not a good idea right now.”
“The People’s Liberation Army launches joint military operations on the island of Taiwan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao said. “China resolutely defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
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Despite the storm, Pelosi’s congressional delegation arrived and left Taiwan with little or no hiccups.