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China claimed its military successfully carried out “precision missile strikes” in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left the island.
China repeatedly condemned Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, and threatened to take action. On its last day in Taiwan, the Chinese Navy and Air Force began military exercises in six zones around Taiwan, with some overlapping Taiwanese territorial waters.
The US responded by sending several warships to the area.
“Long-range armed precision missile strikes were conducted on selected targets in the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait,” the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, the military wing of the ruling Communist Party, said in a statement.
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“The expected result has been achieved,” the Chinese military added.
The military command gave no further details.
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Taiwan’s defense ministry said its own armed forces were monitoring Chinese movements while making sure to avoid any confrontation that could escalate the situation.
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China’s “irrational behavior” has disrupted peace and stability in the region, the ministry said.
“The three service departments will join forces with all people to jointly safeguard Taiwan’s national security and territorial integrity,” the statement said.
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Xinhua News Agency, China’s official media, reported that the military exercises targeted “blockade, attacks on naval targets, attacks on ground targets and airspace control”.
The exercises are expected to last from Thursday to Sunday.
The The Bharat Express News contributed to this report.