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#China military starts exercises in #Taiwan Strait - Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense is closely monitoring the situation, confident of ability to defend homeland taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3754142
China’s Guangdong Maritime Bureau issued an alert on Monday morning for a military drill in waters near Dongshandao, a coastal area in Fujian province. Ships are prohibited from entering, where China’s military is conducting exercises until Aug. 2 at 6 p.m., the statement said.
National Defense Spokesperson Shih Shun-wen said on Monday the military has taken measures to constantly surveil the situation on the water & air. The military is confident of its capacity to defend the homeland, safeguard the country’s freedom, democracy &sovereignty.
Lu Li-shih, a former captain of a Taiwan Navy ship, claimed on Monday the range set by the Chinese military for its military exercises touches the midline of the Taiwan Strait. Both Taipei & Beijing have in the past not allowed their planes or ships to cross the mid strait line.
Military tensions between Taiwan and China increased in April as Taiwan’s air force was forced to intercept two Chinese fighter jets that flew over the middle line for more than 10 minutes.
This led Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to lodge a protest against Beijing and also call on the military to respond effectively to similar incidents in the future.
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