China launches ‘precision missile strikes’ in Taiwan Strait a day after Nancy Pelosi wraps up controversial visit
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China claimed its military successfully executed “precision missile strikes” in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left the island.
China has repeatedly condemned Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, and threatened to take action. On their last day in Taiwan, the Chinese navy and air force began conducting military exercises in six areas around Taiwan, with some overlapping Taiwan’s territorial waters.
The US responded by deploying several warships to the area.
“Long-range strikes with live-fire precision missiles were conducted against selected targets in the eastern area of the Taiwan Strait,” the Army’s Eastern Theater Command said in a statement. Liberation of the People, the military wing of the Communist Party government.
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“The expected result was achieved,” the Chinese military added.
The military command did not provide additional details.
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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said its own military forces were monitoring Chinese movements with a view to avoiding any confrontation that could escalate the situation.
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China’s “irrational behavior” has disturbed peace and stability in the region, the ministry said.
“The three branches of the service will combine efforts with all the people to jointly safeguard the national security and territorial integrity” of Taiwan, according to the statement.
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Xinhua News Agency, China’s official media, reported that the military drills focused on “blocking, assaulting maritime targets, attacking land targets and controlling airspace.” .
The exercises are expected to take place from Thursday to Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.