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Taiwan conducts military drills simulating defence against Chinese attack: Report

China had declared four days of military exercises in six designated zones

USA-CHINA/TAIWAN A model of the Chinese Fighter aircraft is seen in front of Chinese and Taiwanese flags | Reuters

Taiwan's military commenced a live-fire artillery drill simulating defence against an attack, after days of massive Chinese military exercises, news agency AFP reported, citing Lou Woei-jye, the spokesman for Taiwan's Eighth Army Corps.

During its drills, China reportedly simulated attacks on Taiwan's main island, with multiple batches of Chinese planes and ships spotted crossing median line of Taiwan Strait.

China had stepped up its provocative military drills and warplane incursions even as Beijing announced sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in retaliation for her high-stakes visit to Taiwan and cancelled bilateral talks with Washington on defence, climate change and a range of other issues.

Pelosi's visit to Taiwan when she met President Tsai Ing-wen and other leaders, infuriated China's ruling Communist Party, which views the self-governed democratic island as its territory that should be reunified with the mainland, even by force.

China had declared four days of military exercises in six designated zones surrounding Taiwan, as part of its angry response to Pelosi's visit to Taipei. The Eastern Theatre Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) which oversees Taiwan, continued to conduct joint combat exercises and training in the northern, southwestern and eastern waters and airspace off Taiwan island for the second day on Friday.

The PLA dispatched 68 aircraft and 13 vessels for the activities around the Taiwan Strait, part of which had crossed the median line and jeopardised the status quo of the strait.

The PLA also conducted a series of live-fire exercises and training operations around Taiwan, including the firing of multiple ballistic missiles to vent its anger over Pelosi's visit. More than 100 aircraft, including the PLA's best combat planes such as the J-20 stealth fighter jet, the J-16 strike jet and the YY-20 aerial refuelling aircraft were sent to airspace to the north, southwest and southeast of Taiwan to perform joint reconnaissance, air penetration and fire support drills, state-run China Daily reported.


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