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Taiwan begins live-fire defensive maneuvers to prevent Chinese invasion

The Taiwanese Army started this Tuesday live-fire maneuvers to test the defensive capacity of its military forces, in the face of a possible invasion of China.

The activities started in the same day that Beijing extended the military exercises around the island for the sixth day, which began last Thursday.

The annual tests of heavy artillery announced by Taiwan are taking place at the training camp of Fenggang, in the south of the island, according to the “CNA” news agency.

In the activity area, which covers one kilometer from the coast of Fenggang, it simulates the defensive combat mode with which the Taiwanese forces would seek to block an enemy advance at sea.

The exercise zone does not “absolutely overlap” with the one used in previous days by the People’s Liberation Army (the Chinese army), according to the statement. Lou Weijie, Director of War Policy for the Taiwanese Army.

The crisis between Taiwan and China has It has its origins in the visit to the island, last week, of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who promised Beijing reprisals.

The island’s Foreign Minister, Wu Zhaoxie, asked at a press conference that all countries that “love freedom and democracy” work together and discuss a joint way to tackle “China’s actions and methods against Taiwan”.

“China is trying to convert the Strait of Formosa into an internal sea, denying the status quo, that it is an international waterway, affecting the international community’s right to freedom of navigation”, indicated the chancellor.

Earlier, the Chinese army announced that it would extend for a sixth day the “combat-oriented, sea and air” military maneuvers being carried out around Taiwan, initially scheduled to end on Sunday.

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