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China conducts live-fire drills in Taiwan Strait

China is holding a live-fire drill off the coast of Fujian province, 120 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan, while the Speaker of the US House of Representatives may visit the island.

“The live-fire exercise will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 30, banning all vehicles from entering these waters,” the Pingtan Island Maritime Safety Administration in Fujian Province announced. The island is located opposite the city of Hsinchu in northwestern Taiwan.

This is the first live-fire exercise announced by the agency this year.

China conducts live-fire drills in taiwan strait

The location of Pingtan (red) in the middle of the Taiwan Strait. Image: Google Maps.

In mid-July, US media reported that US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi would visit Taiwan in early August. A source familiar with the matter later said that US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on July 29 began a tour of Europe. ASIAN. Her delegation is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore, but has not finalized plans to visit the island of Taiwan.

Asked at a press conference on July 29 if the delegation would visit the island of Taiwan, Pelosi declined to answer, saying it was a “security issue”.

China’s Foreign Ministry said the US would bear “all consequences” if Ms. Pelosi came to Taiwan and did not rule out a military response. In a phone call with US President Joe Biden on July 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Washington “don’t play with fire”.

China considers Taiwan a province awaiting reunification and has vowed to use force if necessary. The US is committed to respecting the “One China” principle, but continues to maintain relations with Taiwan and provides the island with modern weapons for self-defence.

If Ms. Pelosi visits Taiwan, it will be the first visit by a US House of Representatives speaker to the island in 25 years. While Pelosi has not confirmed, the Pentagon is developing contingency plans for all possible scenarios.

A chinese live-fire exercise in the yellow sea. Photo: xinhua

A Chinese live-fire exercise in the Yellow Sea. Image: Xinhua.

Hong Hanh (Follow Reuters/AFP)

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