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Taiwan sees latest Chinese military exercises as invasion drill

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The Taiwanese government interprets this week's Chinese military exercises, which began after the controversial visit to the island by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, as a simulation of an invasion of the territory in what would be the consolidation of Beijing's historic sovereign ambitions.

Taiwan's Defense Ministry has begun its own exercises this Saturday with a deployment of air patrols and warships after issuing warnings throughout last night against any new Chinese air incursion into its security zone, which begins about halfway across the Taiwan Strait.

"Multiple Chinese Army ships were detected around the Taiwan Strait, some have crossed median. Possible simulated attack on HVA (high value assets)," the ministry has assured on its Twitter account.

Taiwanese experts recall that China has confirmed that these exercises are, for the moment, a rehearsal of a "blockade, assault on maritime targets, attack on ground targets and control of airspace" of the territory, as described at the time by the official Chinese news agency Xinhua.

The professor of the National Defense University, Ma Chen Kun, has considered in declarations to the 'Taipei Times' that the simulations were intended to demonstrate the capacity of the Chinese Army to deploy precision weapons to cut Taiwan's links with foreign countries and to facilitate the landing of troops.

"If the Chinese Army does indeed execute an invasion of Taiwan, the concrete actions it will take are all included in this particular exercise: they will sever Taiwan's ties with the outside world and suppress the firepower of the coastal defense," he has warned.

China is expected to conduct drills in the coming hours in seven areas surrounding Taiwan proper, instead of the six China announced earlier, the Taiwan Maritime and Port Bureau said in a statement carried by the 'Taipei Times'.

The Chinese exercises have caused commercial ships to think twice before entering Taiwan, as the drill area is less than 15 nautical miles from the port of Kaohsiung, in the south of the island. These exercises will last until August 15.

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