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China holds military drills around Taiwan


China on Monday revealed plans for military exercises in the Taiwan Strait between Friday and Sunday.

A brief statement by the country’s Ministry of Defense said naval, air and conventional missile forces of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command held exercises in the sea and airspace east and southwest of Taiwan from May 6 to 8.

The ministry said the exercise was aimed “to test and improve the combined operational capabilities of various services and weapons.”

The latest military drills come amid increased air activity by Chinese troops around self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a “breakaway province.” Taipei, however, has insisted on its independence since 1949.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said seven Chinese military jets entered the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the weekend.

This comes after 18 Chinese military jets violated the ADIZ – a buffer zone outside a country’s airspace where it has the right to ask incoming aircraft to identify themselves – on Friday.

Tensions between Beijing and Taipei have been rising since last October when China celebrated the anniversary of its founding, and in the days that followed, many Chinese warplanes flew to the ADIZ.

Observers are keenly following China’s moves in the Taiwan Strait amid Russia’s war on Ukraine, while the US has stepped up its engagement with Taipei, sending several official delegations to the island nation with which it has no diplomatic ties.

Taipei has been vocal in supporting Ukraine and has also imposed trade sanctions on Russia and its close ally Belarus.​
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