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As it happened: China fires missiles in largest military drills around Taiwan after Pelosi's visit

As it happened: China fires missiles in largest military drills around Taiwan after Pelosi's visit

A woman walks in front of a large screen showing a news broadcast about China's military exercises encircling Taiwan, in Beijing on Aug 4, 2022. (Photo: AFP/Noel Celis)

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 US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island.

A series of military exercises were mounted in multiple zones around the island, straddling some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and at some points just 20km from Taiwan's shore. 

Five ballistic missiles fired by China were believed to have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, Japanese defence minister Nobuo Kishi said on Thursday evening. 

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Here is a recap of the day's events:

Source: CNA/ta

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