China's military drills around Taiwan are a 'stern warning' after island VP stops in U.S.

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China’s defense ministry says it is launching drills around Taiwan to serve as a 'stern warning' days after island vice president stopped in U.S.

included stops in San Francisco and New York City. The mainland’s ruling Communist Party claims democratic Taiwan as part of its territory and says it has no right to conduct foreign relations.

State media CCTV reported that missile-equipped boats and fighter jets were involved in the operation and that units worked together to simulate the surrounding of Taiwan. It posted a video on Facebook that showed previous military drills and said the Chinese military exercises reflected a militaristic mentality.

The official pointed to the stopovers in the U.S., an interview Lai gave to news outlet Bloomberg and his meeting with U.S. officials in Paraguay, the report said. The official said Lai had used “Taiwan independence” rhetoric in the interview.

 

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