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Chinese military launches massive drill around Taiwan after Nancy Pelosi’s visit

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Taipei: China launched a massive military drill in the sea around Taiwan on Thursday, in an apparent response to the visit of US House Secretary Nancy Pelosi to the island.

While Taiwan is a self-ruled island, China has been claiming sovereignty over it. Pelosi visited the island despite China’s warnings to the US against such visits.

During her trip, she reiterated that the US would not abandon a democratic ally. She left on Wednesday.

However, China has now initiated military drill around the island as a message to the US.

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

The Taiwan defence ministry has said it is watching the drills closely and will react “appropriately” to the “enemy situation”.

 

 

 

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