China Holds Assault Drills Near Taiwan After 'Provocations'

China Holds Assault Drills Near Taiwan After 'Provocations'

Andrew H. Sweet

In a brief statement, the PLA's Eastern Theatre Command said warships, anti-submarine aircraft, and fighter jets had been dispatched close to Taiwan to carry out "joint fire assault and other drills using actual troops."

Taiwan's Defence Ministry said 11 Chinese aircraft entered its air defense zone, including two nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and six J-16 fighters, and that it had scrambled jets to warn China's planes away.

It was not immediately clear what set off the flurry of Chinese military activity. Earlier this month, the United States approved a new arms sale package to Taiwan, an artillery system valued at around $750 million.

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