Chinese military launched projectiles into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, AFP reporters observed, as Beijing’s military announced “long-range ammunition firing” in the area.
AFP reporters noticed several small projectiles flying into the sky from the proximity of nearby military installations, followed by white smoke and a loud bang around 1.13 pm (0513 GMT).
China’s military said in a statement that it had “firing long-range ammunition at specific areas in the East Taiwan Strait.”
The Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said in a statement, “Precision strikes were carried out on specific areas on the East Taiwan Strait and the expected results were achieved.”
China is currently conducting some of its biggest military exercises ever to encircle Taiwan in a show of force in vital international shipping lanes following a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Set to run until Sunday, the exercise will take place in several areas around Taiwan – at some points within just 20 kilometers (12 miles) of the coast.
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