Day after Nancy Pelosi’s visit, China begins military exercises around Taiwan: State media

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People walk past a billboard welcoming US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022.

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Beijing: China, on Thursday, began military exercises around Taiwan, AFP News Agency reported citing state media. According to reports, this is the largest-ever military exercise encircling Taiwan. Taiwan’s Defence ministry said that it is closely watching the drills and that the island was prepared for conflict, but would not seek it.

According to state media, the exercise will also involve ‘live firing’ and will take place at multiple zones around Taiwan. at some of the points, the drills could be taking place just about 20 km from Taiwan’s shores.

“Six major areas around the island have been selected for this actual combat exercise and during this period, relevant ships and aircraft should not enter the relevant waters and airspaces,” state broadcaster CCTV said.

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said that it was prepared for a conflict. “The Ministry of National Defence stresses that it will uphold the principle of preparing for war without seeking war, and with an attitude of not escalating conflict and causing disputes,” the Ministry said in a statement, agencies cited.

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