China conducts “joint firepower exercises” around Taiwan: report


    China conducted multiple military exercises around Taiwan. (representative)


    China staged “strike exercises” in Taiwan’s airspace on Sunday, it said were conducted in response to provocation from the self-governing island and the US, Al Jazeera reported.

    The Chinese Army’s Eastern Theater Command stated in a terse statement that it had conducted “combined combat readiness patrols and joint firepower exercises” around Taiwan. The exact location was not specified.

    “This is a resolute response to the current escalation of collusion and provocation from the United States and Taiwan,” it said, adding that theater troops will take all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, according to Al Jazeera. .

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    In response to the situation, Taiwan, which claims Beijing as its own territory, said Sunday’s exercises show Beijing is attacking regional peace and trying to intimidate the Taiwanese people, Al Jazeera reported.

    “The Chinese communist’s ‘military intimidation’ actions are clearly intended to intimidate our people and are not conducive to [China’s] international image,” Al Jazeera reported, citing the statement from Taiwan’s defense ministry. It added that Taiwan will continue to strengthen its military.

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    Pelosi’s visit, which became the highest level of US visits to Taiwan in more than two decades, angered China and the communist nation warned the US it will “pay the price”.

    The trip of the US House Speaker to the self-governing island not only heightened tensions between the US and China, but also led to an escalation of tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

    Pelosi was the first speaker of the house to come to Taiwan in 25 years since Newt Gingrich in 1997.

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    China, which claims Taiwan as its territory and opposes any involvement of Taiwanese officials with foreign governments, announced multiple military exercises around the island, issued a string of harsh statements, and even summoned US ambassador to Beijing, Nicholas Burns, to protest Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

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