China announces more military exercises around Taiwan

The Chinese Eastern Theatre Command which is based out of Nanjing, Jiangsu said that this exercise focuses on sea assault and anti-submarine operations.

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After the scheduled end of China’s military exercises, China has announced fresh exercises around the island nation.

The war exercises carried out by Beijing last week were said to be one of the largest done by their armed forces.

These drills done by the Chinese Armed Forces were to protest against the US Speaker of House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan during her week-long Asia Tour.

The visit enraged the Chinese as they view Taiwan as a breakaway province rather than an independent country.

China announced military drills in six locations around the island which disrupted international shipping and several flights. In addition, the Chinese fired 11 ballistic around the seas of Taiwan.

The Chinese Eastern Theatre Command which is based out of Nanjing, Jiangsu said that this exercise focuses on sea assault and anti-submarine operations.

Shortly after the announcement of the fresh exercises, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves visited Taipei. The Taiwanese President, Tsai Ing-Wen praised the former by saying that she was moved by the determination to visit Taiwan despite China’s military drills.

“Prime Minister Gonsalves has expressed in recent days that the Chinese military drills would not prevent him from visiting friends in Taiwan. These statements have deeply touched us,” Tsai said at a welcome ceremony for Gonsalves in Taipei.

The duration of these exercises are unknown, however Taiwan has eased restrictions on flight paths and shipping movements in and around the island.