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China Military Says Drills Around Taiwan To Continue – SCMP

The statement came a few hours after US President Joe Biden said he was “not worried” about China’s military taking further measures.

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A rocket is fired into the Taiwan Strait by China's Eastern Theatre Command during a long-range live-fire drill from an undisclosed location on August 4. Several rockets fired from Chinese vessels landed in Japanese waters at this time, angering Tokyo. This image from PLA Eastern Theatre Command via Reuters.


China’s military has said its ongoing drills in the water and airspace around Taiwan will continue on Tuesday, but no end date was mentioned, South China Morning Post reported.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) described the navy and air force exercises as a matter of “joint defence” and “joint blockade” against Taiwan, the report said, adding that the statement came a few hours after US President Joe Biden said he was “not worried” that PLA drills would escalate.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu said China was using the military drills as part of a game-plan to prepare for an invasion of the self-ruled island.

“It is conducting large-scale military exercises and missile launches, as well as cyberattacks, disinformation, and economic coercion, in an attempt to weaken public morale in Taiwan,” Wu said.

Read the full report: South China Morning Post.

  • With Reuters.



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Alfie Habershon

Alfie is a Reporter at Asia Financial. He previously lived in Mumbai reporting on India's economy and healthcare for data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, as well as having worked for London based Tortoise Media.


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