China Conducts Assault Drills Near Taiwan

The Chinese military conducted assault drills in seas near Taiwan on Tuesday, as armed forces of the country said the exercises were a response to “external interference” and “provocations”.

According to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the country has decided to intensify its air and sea military exercises around Taiwan in response to “provocations” made by Taiwan’s independence forces, which China claims as its own territory.

Shi Yi, a colonel and spokesman for PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command, said in a brief statement that warships, anti-submarine aircraft and fighter jets were dispatched to the southwest and southeast of Taiwan to conduct “joint fire assault and other drills using actual troops.”

“Recently, the United States and Taiwan have repeatedly provoked and sent serious wrong signals, severely infringed upon China’s sovereignty and severely undermined the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait, which has become the biggest source of security risks across the Taiwan Strait,” Shi said in a statement. “This exercise is a necessary action based on the current security situation across the Taiwan Strait and the need to safeguard national sovereignty.”

Shi also said that the Eastern Theatre is prepared to “continue to strengthen combat readiness training” and to be “capable to defeat all separatist activities of Taiwan independence and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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