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China said its military successfully carried out “precision missile strikes” across the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, a day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi left the island.
China has repeatedly condemned Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, and has threatened to take action. On her last day in Taiwan, the Chinese navy and air force began conducting military exercises in six zones around Taiwan, some of which overlap Taiwan’s territorial waters.
The US responded by deploying several warships to the region.
“Precision-guided long-range missile strikes were carried out against selected targets in the eastern Taiwan Strait,” the Eastern Command of the People’s Liberation Army, the military wing of the ruling Communist Party, said in a statement.
“The expected result has been achieved” Chinese armed forces added.
The military command did not provide additional details.
Taiwan’s defense ministry said its own military is monitoring Chinese movements, trying to avoid any confrontation that could escalate the situation.
The ministry said China’s “irrational behavior” had disrupted peace and stability in the region.
“Three branches of the service will join forces with all people for the joint protection National security and the territorial integrity of Taiwan,” the statement said.
Xinhua News Agency, China’s official media outlet, said the military exercises focused on “blockade, attacking sea targets, strikes against land targets, and controlling airspace.”
The exercises are expected to last from Thursday to Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.