China announces military drills near Taiwan ahead of US official’s visit

A view of Chinese aircraft as country dispatches war planes and bombers to Western Pacific, South China Sea, to conduct drills in 2021. [File Photo]

China on Saturday said that it will hold live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait, the government announced via state media, raising the stakes ahead of a possible trip to the self-governing island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, ABS-CBN reported.

The maneuvers will be limited in scope and will take place off the island of Pingtan in Fujian province, according to a statement issued Thursday, reported by Chinese state media on Friday.

“Live ammunition will be fired… between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm (0000-1300 GMT) and any entry (into these waters) will be prohibited”, the report says citing the government statement, which does not mention Pelosi.

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