China conducts naval, air military exercises in areas southwest of Taiwan

China conducts naval, air military exercises in areas southwest of Taiwan

China announced naval and air military exercises were conducted in areas southwest of Taiwan on Friday, the second time in a month.

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Battleships, early warning aircraft and bombers were among the forces joining the exercises “to improve integrated operational capability in territory southwest of Taiwan,” Shi Yi, a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command, said in a statement Saturday. , how close to the democratically controlled island the exercises were.

Shi said military exercises would be “conducted regularly” based on the situation in the Taiwan Strait and the need to maintain sovereign security.

China had another exercise in areas south of Taiwan in mid-August, with battleships, submarines and fighter jets among the forces joining the exercises. Shi described repeated collaborations between the United States and Taiwan had become “the biggest source of security and stability problems in the region.”

The Taiwanese Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Friday that ten Chinese military aircraft, including two Y-8s, two J-11s and six J-16s, were detected in Taiwan’s southwestern air defense identification zone.

Two U.S. ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait in late August, in what both the U.S. and Taiwanese administrations described as normal operations. Earlier last month, the Biden administration approved its first arms sale to Taiwan, a possible $ 750 million deal.

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