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China says it carried out more military drills around Taiwan

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The latest Chinese drills around Taiwan are the second major military exercises in less than a month.

China’s military has said it carried out military exercises around the self-ruled island of Taiwan that focussed on land strikes and sea assaults, the second such drills in less than a month.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said in a statement late on Sunday that its forces had organised “joint combat readiness patrols and actual combat drills” in the sea and airspace around Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own.

The aim of the exercises was to test joint combat capabilities and “resolutely counter the provocative actions of external forces and Taiwan independence separatist forces”, Senior Colonel Shi Yi, a spokesperson for the command, said in a brief statement.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Monday that it had detected 57 Chinese military aircraft and four navy ships operating around the island over the previous 24 hours, sharing maps on Twitter to show their flight paths.

Some 28 of the aircraft flew into the air defence identification zone (ADIZ) off the southwest of Taiwan, it added, with some crossing the Taiwan Strait median line, an unofficial buffer between the two sides. Two nuclear-capable H-6 bombers flew to the south of Taiwan, the ministry map showed.

China carried out similar exercises late last month after the United States passed a defence spending bill that included support for Taiwan, with Taipei reporting that 43 Chinese aircraft crossed the median line. The same week, Taipei announced it would extend compulsory military service from its current four months to one year starting from 2024.

China, which has not ruled out the use of force to bring the island under its control, has stepped

The latest Chinese drills around Taiwan are the second major military exercises in less than a month. China’s military has said it carried out military exercises around the self-ruled island of Taiwan that focussed on land strikes and sea assaults, the second such drills in less than a month. China carried out similar exercises late last month after the United States passed a defence spending bill that included support for Taiwan, with Taipei reporting that 43 Chinese aircraft crossed the median line.

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