China to launch military operations around Taiwan amid standoff with US over Pelosi’s visit

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The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese Army said that it will launch a series of joint military operations around the Taiwan starting from Tuesday night. The announcement comes amid rising tensions due to the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei.

China see the move as a grave violation to the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiques, gravely undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely impacted the political foundation of China-US relations, and sent a seriously wrong signal to “Taiwan independence” separatist forces.

The army‘s Eastern Theater Command will stage joint training exercises in the maritime areas off the northern, southwestern and southeastern coasts of the island and their air space, conduct long-range live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait and conventional missile tests in the waters off the eastern coast of the island.

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The military operations are a stern deterrent against the recent major escalation of the negative acts by the United States, and a serious warning against separatist activities seeking “Taiwan independence.”

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