China launched “precision missile strikes” on the Taiwan Strait a day after Nancy Pelosi wrapped up a controversial visit

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China claimed its military successfully carried out “precision missile strikes” in the Taiwan Strait Thursday, a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left the island.

China has repeatedly condemned Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, and has threatened to take action. On its last day in Taiwan, the Chinese navy and air force began conducting military exercises in six regions around Taiwan, with some overlapping in Taiwan’s territorial waters.

The United States responded by deploying several warships to the region.

A security guard stands near a statue of the Chinese Communist Party flag at the Chinese Communist Party Museum on May 26, 2022 in Beijing.
(AP Photo/By Han Guan, File)

“Precision long-range live-fire missile strikes were carried out against specific targets in the eastern region of the Taiwan Strait,” the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, the military wing of the ruling Communist Party, said in a statement.

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“The expected result has been achieved,” the Chinese military added.

The military command did not provide additional details.

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Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said its military forces are monitoring China’s movements, taking care to avoid any confrontation that could lead to an escalation of the situation.

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The ministry said China’s “irrational behavior” has disrupted peace and stability in the region.

“The three service branches will join forces with all citizens to jointly safeguard national security and territorial integrity of Taiwan,” the statement said.

Chinese military helicopters fly over Pingtan Island, one of China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian Province on August 4, 2022.

Chinese military helicopters fly over Pingtan Island, one of China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian Province on August 4, 2022.
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The Xinhua News Agency, China’s official media, reported that the military exercises focused on “blockade, attacking naval targets, striking ground targets, and controlling airspace.”

The exercises are expected to continue from Thursday to Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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