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China announces additional military drills near Taiwan

China announced a fresh group of military drills near Taiwan on Sunday, expanding efforts expressing a a show of force in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island the other day.

Driving the news headlines: In the wake of Pelosi’s visit, China announced several days of live-fire drills that saw the regional power fire ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan for the 1st time since the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis.

The picture as a whole: China’s Maritime Safety Administration announced on Saturday that new sets of drills would happen in five zones of the Yellow Sea from Aug. 5 to 15, the Washington Post reported.

  • More military operations would also happen in four zones of the Bohai Sea for per month starting Aug. 8, per the Post.
  • China’s Ministry of Defense didn’t specify grounds for the excess drills.

Hawaii of play: Taiwan warned on Saturday that the Chinese military drills seemed to simulate an attack.

  • The drills, that have been originally because of end on Sunday, will be the largest China has ever held in the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said the exercises total an “air and sea blockade,” as some commercial flights and cargo ships in your community have had to regulate or cancel their routes,” Axios’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian writes.

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