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China military says recent drills near Taiwan were 'necessary' to safeguard sovereignty

China military says recent drills near Taiwan were 'necessary' to safeguard sovereignty

File photo of soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army standing on a ship at a military port in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China, Jul 11, 2017. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

BEIJING: China's military recently held drills directed at Taiwan, a People’s Liberation Army spokesman said on Thursday (Aug 13), after a high level visit by the United States to Taiwan.

The drills were a 'necessary action' to safeguard sovereignty, Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said in a statement.

It added the drills were held in the southern and northern ends of the Taiwan strait.

READ: Taiwan proposes 10% increase in defence spending for 2021

China sees Taiwan as part of its territory and has not ruled out the use of force to bring the island under its control. 

Source: Reuters/kv

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