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China to hold live-fire drills in waters near Fujian, opposite Taiwan

The Pingtan Maritime Safety Administration issued a shipping warning about the drills on Thursday evening local time, prohibiting all vessels from entering waters near the island and southern Fujian province. – east of the country. He specified that the “live fire training missions” would take place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The news comes amid speculation over how China might respond to a possible visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing considers part of its territory, although that she never controlled it.

Tensions are simmering between the US and China over the potential trip, with Chinese leader Xi Jinping recently warning US President Joe Biden that “if you play with fire, you get burned”.

In a separate incident, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it twice detected an unidentified drone flying over Dongyin Island, which is controlled by Taiwan but located near mainland China, on Thursday, adding that it could not rule out that the drone was used to “gather intelligence” in the area.

The Defense Ministry statement made no reference to China or speculated about who might have operated the drone.

Pelosi was scheduled to leave the United States on Friday for a tour of Asia, but her stopover in Taiwan remains uncertain, a person familiar with her itinerary told CNN.

A security plan involving ships and aircraft is being developed by the Pentagon to ensure Pelosi’s safety should he visit Taiwan, defense officials say.


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