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Amid Taiwan tensions, China begins 3-day military drills in the Yellow Sea



Amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait due to back-to-back trips by US lawmakers to Taiwan, China began three-day military drills in the Yellow Sea on Wednesday.

The China Maritime Security Administration (CMSA) said entry of non-military vessels has been banned from the areas where the drills will be conducted.

The military drills began at around 8:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) on Wednesday and will last until 5 p.m. (0900 GMT) on Friday, Chinese daily Global Times reported.

China’s military has held massive exercises since earlier this month, shortly after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid an unannounced visit to Taiwan, which Beijing considers its “province”. separatist”.

Beijing condemned the trip, sanctioned Pelosi and his family and downgraded military dialogue with the United States in addition to taking five other “countermeasures”.

However, this Sunday, 12 days after Pelosi’s trip, another delegation of US lawmakers landed in Taipei where they held the Security and Supply Chain Dialogue with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

The People’s Liberation Army ground, naval and air brigades staged unprecedented drills, staging live-fire drills with ballistic missiles flying over the self-governing island and falling into the waters, claimed by Japan as its economic zones exclusive. Beijing denies that the two countries have demarcated their maritime borders.

The PLA said on Wednesday that its Southern Theater Command naval base had dispatched a fleet to the South China Sea and conducted four-day military air and missile drills, including intercepting missiles and destroying offshore targets.

Beijing has warned that the United States will “exploit” the situation in the Taiwan Strait and increase its military deployment in the region, following Pelosi’s trip.

Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the United States, also urged Washington “to stop words and actions that would escalate tension.”

“Pelosi traveled to the Chinese region of Taiwan with the connivance and arrangement of the United States government, which seriously violated the commitments made by the United States. Facts have proven that this is a real political provocation and a farce,” Qin told US reporters in a joint interview on Tuesday.

Qin blamed the US side for “taking the first step to provoke China on the Taiwan issue and openly infringing on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“China had made the greatest efforts to prevent this crisis from being imposed on it. We had expressed strong opposition at different levels and through different channels. We had warned that if Pelosi made the visit, there would be very serious consequences. China would react with firmness and force. Much to our regret, the United States has chosen not to listen,” he said.

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