Taiwan begins live-fire artillery drill simulating defence against China attack

PINGTUNG (AFP, REUTERS) – Taiwan’s military held a live-fire artillery drill on Tuesday (Aug 9) simulating a defence of the island against an attack after days of massive Chinese military exercises, an AFP journalist at the site of the exercise said. China launched its largest-ever war games around Taiwan last week in a furious response to […]

China announces fresh military drills around Taiwan on Monday

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – China’s military announced fresh military drills on Monday (Aug 8) in the seas and airspace around Taiwan – a day after the scheduled end of its largest ever exercises to protest against last week’s visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. China’s Eastern Theatre Command said it would conduct joint drills focusing on […]

Cambodian PM scraps development project threatening wildlife sanctuary

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday (Aug 7) cancelled a controversial satellite-city development around a wildlife sanctuary and zoo near the capital following growing online appeals to halt the project. Conservationists and locals began voicing their concerns and objections when the development plan around the Phnom Tamao zoo and wildlife […]

China says military drills around Taiwan Strait ‘necessary and just’

BEIJING (AFP) – China insisted on Wednesday (Aug 3) that its military exercises around the Taiwan Strait were “necessary and just” in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island. “The Chinese military’s conducting of military exercises in the sea near China’s Taiwan are a necessary and just measure to […]

After Pelosi’s arrival, China declares 4 days of military drills in areas encircling Taiwan

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – China declared it would conduct missile tests and military drills around Taiwan shortly after US House speaker Nancy Pelosi defied Beijing on Tuesday (Aug 2) by landing on the island. The People’s Liberation Army said it would stage a series of military drills including “long-range live firing in the Taiwan Strait” from […]

No evidence of looming Chinese military action against Taiwan, US official says

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The United States has seen no evidence of looming Chinese military activity against Taiwan, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said on Friday (July 29) when asked about a possible visit to the island by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “(We’ve) seen no physical, tangible indications of anything untoward […]

China military says holds combat exercises around Taiwan as US senator visits island

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s military recently held multi-unit joint combat readiness exercises, patrols and combat drills in the sea and airspace around Taiwan, the Eastern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said in a statement on Friday (July 8). The exercises were organised in response to “collusion and provocations” by the United States […]