China conducts military exercises southwest and southeast of Taiwan

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China announced Tuesday (Aug. 17) it was conducting military drills on the sea and in the air southwest and southeast of Taiwan during the day.

According to the Liberty Times, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense stated it was well aware of movements in the waters and air around the country and was prepared to respond to any eventuality.

A spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command, Shi Yi, issued a news release about its plans for Tuesday, mentioning warships, anti-submarine aircraft, and fighter jets participating in exercises to improve their coordination.

“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. This exercise is a necessary action based on the current security situation across the Taiwan Strait and the need to safeguard national sovereignty,” Shi said in a statement.

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China Has Sent Anti-Submarine Aircraft, Fighter Jets And Warships To The Southwest And Southeast Of Taiwan

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