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 […]

Military drills in ‘our own waters’ open, transparent: China foreign ministry

BEIJING (REUTERS) – The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday (Aug 8) that Taiwan is part of China, and China is conducting normal military exercises “in our own waters” in an open, transparent and professional way. The relevant departments have also issued announcements in a timely manner, and this is in line with both domestic […]

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 […]

‘Shut the door and beat the dog’: Chinese drills a simulation of Taiwan blockade and future invasion, say experts

BEIJING – The ongoing military drills around Taiwan are aimed at rehearsing a possible future invasion of the self-ruled island, Chinese military observers and state media have said. The drills, which have for the first time involved firing ballistic missiles directly over the island, are also a thinly veiled threat against those pushing for formal […]

Japan PM Kishida meets Pelosi, says Chinese missiles a ‘serious problem that impacts national security’

TOKYO (AFP, REUTERS) – Japan’s prime minister on Friday (Aug 5) condemned China’s firing of ballistic missiles during military drills around Taiwan, five of which Tokyo believes landed in its exclusive economic zone. The missile launches are a “serious problem that impacts our national security and the safety of our citizens,” Mr Fumio Kishida told […]

ASEAN ministers warn Taiwan tensions could spark ‘open conflicts’

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged restraint on Thursday (Aug 4) as China readied massive military drills off Taiwan, warning the situation risked spiralling into “open conflicts”. Beijing is planning its biggest-ever exercises around Taiwan in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after […]

Chinese military drills ‘threaten’ Taiwan ports, urban areas

TAIPEI (AFP) – Planned Chinese live-fire military drills encircling Taiwan threaten the island’s key ports and urban areas, Taipei’s defence ministry said on Wednesday (Aug 3), vowing “strengthened” defences and a resolute response as cross-strait tensions soar. Island authorities pilloried Beijing’s bellicose military posture just hours after China flew 21 military planes into Taiwan’s air […]

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 […]

Japan urges Russia not to hold military drills around disputed islands

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japan urged Russia to exclude areas around disputed northern islands from military drills Moscow is planning to conduct in the country’s Far East from late August, a Japanese government spokesperson said on Thursday (July 28). Japan lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands that Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a territorial […]

Taiwan to resume street evacuation drills for annual air-raid exercise

TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Taiwan will resume mandatory street evacuation drills in its annual air-raid exercise later this month, including stopping traffic and ordering pedestrians to stay indoors, amid stepped up Chinese military manoeuvres around the island. The resumption of the evacuations, which effectively shuts towns and cities across Taiwan for 30 minutes, is also happening […]