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China fires MISSILES at Taiwan during huge drills just 12 miles from shore

CHINA has fired missiles as close as 12 miles from Taiwan’s shores in the largest-ever military drills that blockaded the island.

Pechino fired two Dongfeng ballistic missiles from a nearby military installation into waters off Taiwan’s north-east coast, according to the government in Taipei.

China is conducting live fire drills 12 miles from Taiwan

China is conducting live fire drills 12 miles from TaiwanCredito: China Military
China fired two Dongfeng - meaning 'East Wind' in Mandarin - over Taiwan on Thursday

China fired two Dongfengmeaning ‘East Windin Mandarinover Taiwan on ThursdayCredito: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
Almeno 27 Chinese aircraft have crossed the Taiwan Strait median line

Almeno 27 Chinese aircraft have crossed the Taiwan Strait median lineCredito: China Military
China has vowed 'punishment' in return for a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Polosi to the island this week

China has vowed ‘punishmentin return for a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Polosi to the island this weekCredito: China Military

The deadly rockets flew over Pingtan, leaving plumes of white smoke and loud banging sounds in its wake, Reuters ha riferito.

It comes as China kicked off its largest-ever military exercises around Taiwan on Thursday in a show of force straddling vital international shipping lanes.

Taiwan has been on high alert as China conducts a series of war games in response to a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Polosi to the island this week.

Beijing vowedpunishmentand announced military drills in the seas around Taiwansome of the world’s busiest waterways.

The war game drills began at 12 pm (0400 GMT) on Thursday and involvedlive-firing”, according to Chinese state media.

Six major areas around the island have been selected for this actual combat exercise and during this period, relevant ships and aircraft should not enter the relevant waters and airspaces,” state broadcaster CCTV reported.

But Taiwan’s maritime officials said the Chinese military established a seventh zone encircling the island and that drills would be extended to Monday.

The exercises are taking place around just 12 miles from Taiwan’s shores and were expected to wrap up midday on Sunday.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said it was closely watching the military exercises.

The Ministry of National Defence stresses that it will uphold the principle of preparing for war without seeking war, and with an attitude of not escalating conflict and causing disputes,” ha detto in una dichiarazione.

Beijing’s nationalist state-run tabloid Global Times said, citing military analysts, that the exercises were “senza precedenti” and that missiles would fly over Taiwan for the first time.

This is the first time the PLA will launch live long-range artillery acrossthe Taiwan Strait, the newspaper said using the Chinese military’s formal name, the People’s Liberation Army.

Viene come Taiwan‘s defence ministry said it fired warning shots at unidentified aircraft flying over its Kinmen islands on Wednesday night.

Major General Chang Zone-sung told Reuters that a group of Chinese drones flew into the Kinmen area twice on last night at around 9pm and 10pm local times (2pm UK time).

He said his troopsimmediately fired flares to issue warnings and to drive them away”.

“Dopo di che, they turned around. They came into our restricted area and that’s why we dispersed them,” Egli ha detto.

We have a standard operating procedure. We will react if they come in.

Kinmen islands are a heavily-armed fortress just off the southeastern coast of China.

Maj Gen Chang said he believed the drones were trying to father intelligence on Taiwan’s security around the outlaying islands.

Taiwanese Navy personnel detonate explosives during the Han Kuang military exercise

Taiwanese Navy personnel detonate explosives during the Han Kuang military exerciseCredito: Getty

La settimana scorsa, Taiwan fired flares at a drone thatglancedthat was believed to be probing defences at the Matsu archipelago near China’s Fujian province, Taiwan’s defence military said.

It comes as China brought the world a step closer to nuclear when its navy ships and military aircraft crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait Thursday morning, a Reuters correspondent has claimed.

The correspondent claimed 10 Chinese navy warships and multiple aircraft crossed the country’s maritime border.

China fired long-range rockets towards Taiwan in the latest military drills taking place in the Taiwan Strait.

In risposta, Taiwan triggered its missiles systems to track Chinese fighter jets near the median line while navy ships remained close by to monitor China’s navy activity.

Beijing also deployed two aircraft carriersthe Shandong and Liaoningto sea in an unprecedented show of strength amid fears of invasion.

China vowed to surround Taiwan as part of atargeted military operationsin response to a controversial visit to the country by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

State-affiliated media in Cina has quoted the country’s Ministry of National Defence as saying the People’s Liberation Army will be countering Pelosi‘s visit to Taiwan in a bid todefend national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

These operations will include live fire drills andwar gamesaround the coast of the island, which China claims is a breakaway province.

Il martedì, China announced a series of life-fire exercises surrounding Taiwan between Thursday and Sunday.

Commercial ships and flights have been warned to avoid these areas during these times.

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China has threatened tofight to the death” su Taiwan, which it views at its own.

In risposta, the US Navy has deployed four warships east of Taiwan, while Chinese vessels and planes have moved close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait.

hina military deploys Type 63A light amphibious tanks at Xiamen City beaches

hina military deploys Type 63A light amphibious tanks at Xiamen City beachesCredito: Rex
Taiwanese military personnel take part in a military exercise

Taiwanese military personnel take part in a military exerciseCredito: Getty
Chinese anti-aircraft forces in the Taiwan Strait -take part in live-fire exercises overnight

Chinese anti-aircraft forces in the Taiwan Strait -take part in live-fire exercises overnightCredito: Weibo/Political Work Bureau of Fujian Military Region