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China has begun large-scale military exercises around Taiwan following Speaker Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island.

According to initial reports, China fired 11 Dongfeng DF missiles. They were fired in various directions, including the north, south, and eastern part of the island.

In a statement, Eastern Theater Command for the Chinese military said, “Long-range armed live fire precision missile strikes were carried out on selected targets in the eastern area of the Taiwan Strait. The expected outcome was achieved.”

Taiwan’s ministry of defense called the Chinese live-fire drills “irrational behavior” and added that their forces were on high alert. The ministry added, “The three service branches will combine efforts with all the people to jointly safeguard national security and territorial integrity.”

This all comes as United Nations members are calling on China to stop military drills, calling the actions “dangerous” and “provocative.”

China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, has responded saying “we hope that the United States will draw a lesson from such a situation, that they should honor their commitment on the ‘One-China’ principle, and not support any claim of independence. We hope they will stop doing anything further by undermining China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The message is clear.”

China’s ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun


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