Taiwan condemns Chinese exercises as ‘severe threat’ to security

United Press International
Date: Sept. 11, 2020
By: Elizabeth Shim

Taiwan’s military says China conducted drills on Wednesday and Thursday with more than 30 military aircraft and seven warships. Photo by Taiwan Presidential Office/EPA-EFE

Sept. 11 (UPI) — Taiwan is urging China to exercise restraint following the flight of Beijing's military aircraft off the coast of Taiwan, actions that endanger international commercial flights, according to Taipei.

Taiwan's ministries of national defense and foreign affairs condemned a joint naval-air exercise 90 miles from the Taiwanese coast that has involved dozens of Chinese military aircraft in Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone, Taipei Times and Taiwan's Central News Agency reported Friday.

In separate press briefings late Thursday, the ministries held the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the unprecedented drills that are being interpreted as provocations from Beijing.

According to Taiwan's military, China conducted drills Wednesday and Thursday with more than 30 military aircraft. Seven Chinese warships were also training in waters southwest of Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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