Beijing continues its military exercises around Taiwan

China carried out new military drills around Taiwan on Monday, Beijing said, defying calls to end its biggest-ever drills around the democratic island.

Live fire drills began on Thursday, a day after a controversial visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

A Taiwanese military ship patrols near the east coast in Yilan county on August 7, 2022. – Taiwan accused the Chinese military of simulating an attack on its main island on August 6, as Beijing continued its retaliation against the visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP)

These exercises were due to end on Sunday, but neither Beijing nor Taipei has confirmed their conclusion.

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has continued to conduct joint exercises and practical training in the sea and airspace around the island of Taiwan, focusing on the organization of joint anti-submarine operations -marines and maritime assault,” the Chinese military’s Eastern Command said in a statement.

Beijing has deployed fighter jets, warships and ballistic missiles in what analysts have described as a practice for a blockade and ultimate invasion of the self-governing island – which China claims as its territory.

Taiwan’s transport ministry said on Sunday that six of the seven “temporary danger zones” that China had warned airlines should avoid had ceased to be in effect as of noon on Sunday, signaling a partial withdrawal from the drills.

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