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Chinese military conducts drills near Taiwan

Yomiuri wrote from Beijing that a spokesperson of the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command, whose jurisdiction covers Taiwan, announced on Tuesday that it has conducted large-scale drills involving warships, anti-submarine aircraft, and fighter jets in the sea and airspace southwest and southeast of Taiwan. The spokesperson did not disclose when the drills took place but said they were necessary to defend China’s national interests in view of the current security situation in the Taiwan Strait. The paper speculated that the move was intended to send a warning to the United States and Taiwan, which are strengthening their security cooperation, in view of Washington’s moves to sell arms to Taiwan.

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