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China stages new military drills after US lawmakers’ Taiwan visit

Beijing carries out ‘combat drills’ and renews ‘prepare for war’ rhetoric after bipartisan US delegation visits Taipei

China has staged a new round of military drills around Taiwan in response to a brief visit to the island by a delegation of bipartisan US lawmakers. The arrival of the lawmakers took place after the House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to the island.

On Monday Beijing said it had carried out a fresh round of “combat readiness patrol and combat drills in the sea and airspace around Taiwan island”. Military officials and state media also renewed their “prepare for war” rhetoric on Taiwan, over which Beijing has long claimed sovereignty.

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