China fires ‘precision missile strikes’ in Taiwan Strait after controversial Nancy Pelosi visit ends

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China claimed its military had successfully executed ‘precision missile strikes’ in the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left the island.

China has 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 conducting military exercises in six areas around Taiwan, some of which straddle Taiwan’s territorial waters.

The United States responded by deploying several warships to the region.

A security guard stands near a sculpture of the Chinese Communist Party flag at the Chinese Communist Party Museum on May 26, 2022 in Beijing.

A security guard stands near a sculpture of the Chinese Communist Party flag at the Chinese Communist Party Museum on May 26, 2022 in Beijing.
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

“Long-range armed precision missile fire was carried out at selected targets in the eastern area of ​​the Taiwan Strait,” said the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party in the country. power, in a press release.

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“The expected result has been achieved”, The Chinese army added.

The military command did not provide further details.

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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said its own military forces were monitoring Chinese movements while avoiding any confrontation that could risk escalating the situation.

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China’s “irrational behavior” has disrupted peace and stability in the region, the ministry said.

“The three service branches will make concerted efforts with the general public to jointly safeguard national security and territorial integrity” of Taiwan, the statement said.

Chinese military helicopters hover over Pingtan Island, one of Taiwan's closest points between mainland China, in Fujian province on Aug 4, 2022.

Chinese military helicopters hover over Pingtan Island, one of Taiwan’s closest points between mainland China, in Fujian province on Aug 4, 2022.
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Xinhua News Agency, China’s official media, reported that the military drills focused on “blockading, assaulting sea targets, striking ground targets and controlling airspace”.

The exercises should take place from Thursday to Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.