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In pictures: Scenes from both sides of the Taiwan Strait as China conducts unprecedented military exercises

In pictures: Scenes from both sides of the Taiwan Strait as China conducts unprecedented military exercises

Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan Island in Fujian province, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)

SINGAPORE: China fired ballistic missiles and deployed fighter jets and warships on Thursday (Aug 4) as it began its largest military exercises around Taiwan, a show of force sparked by United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island.

On Pingtan Island in China’s Fujian province – one of the mainland’s closest points to Taiwan – people looked on as helicopters flew overhead and smoke trails from projectiles appeared in the distance.

In Keelung on Taiwan’s northern coast, meanwhile, people waded and swam in the sea seemingly unperturbed by the drills taking place just over the horizon.

In Beijing, massive outdoor screens flashed images promoting the People's Liberation Army while TV screens at a salon in Taipei showed coverage of the escalating cross-strait tensions.

Here are some of the scenes that played out on Thursday.

Tourists watch the sunrise on the water's edge at a beach on Pingtan Island in Fujian province, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)
Smoke trails from projectiles launched by the Chinese military are seen as tourists look on from Pingtan Island in Fujian province on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)
A Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan Island in Fujian province during China's military drills around Taiwan on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island in Fujian province, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island in Fujian province, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)
Tourists stand in a scenic area on Pingtan Island in Fujian province as China conducts military drills around Taiwan on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)
Smoke trails from projectiles launched by the Chinese military are seen in the sky as tourists look on from Pingtan Island in Fujian province, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal)
People wade by rocks and dive into the sea near Keelung, Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022, as China holds military exercises encircling the island. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)
People swim along the coast of Keelung city in Taiwan on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AP/Johnson Lai)
A large screen on a building showing images promoting China’s People's Liberation Army is seen behind cyclists in Beijing on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Noel Celis)
A customer and a staff member at a beauty salon in Taipei watch a news report on the recent tensions between China and Taiwan on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AP/Chiang Ying-ying)
A woman uses her mobile phone as she walks in front of a large screen in Beijing showing a news broadcast about China's military exercises encircling Taiwan on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Noel Celis)
People walk in front of a large screen in Beijing showing a news broadcast about China's military exercises encircling Taiwan on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Noel Celis)
Commuters wearing face masks ride on a subway train in Beijing on Aug 4, 2022, as a TV screen shows a CCTV report on missile launch exercises conducted by China's military. (Photo: AP/Andy Wong)
In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, a projectile is launched from an unspecified location in China on Aug 4, 2022. (Image: AP/CCTV)
In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, a projectile is launched from an unspecified location in China on Aug 4, 2022. (Image: AP/CCTV)
Source: CNA/AFP/kg

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