State media frame military exercises in six areas around self-ruled island as war plan rehearsal.
media reported the live-fire drills in six areas around Taiwan got
underway at noon local time (04:00 GMT) and will continue until the
same time on August 7.
military manoeuvres on
Tuesday night following Pelosi’s arrival and later announced a raft
of retaliatory economic measures in response to Pelosi’s visit.
activity continued on Wednesday, with Taiwan saying the drills
violated United Nations rules, invaded its territorial space and
amounted to a blockade of its air and sea.
Thursday, the Ministry of National Defense described China’s
military activities as “irrational” and with the “intention of
changing the status quo and undermining regional peace and
claims Taiwan as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to
take control of the island.
last big crisis in the Taiwan Strait took place in 1996, in the
run-up to the re-election of President Lee Teng-hui, who had visited
the US the previous year.
China has modernised and expanded its armed forces since then, launching its first aircraft carrier and testing hypersonic weaponry.