China flexes its muscles

Six-day exercise in the East China Sea also meant to send message to United States and Japan over ties with Taipei, observers say.

Beijing launches live-fire drill to ‘test combat strength against Taiwan’

Kristin Huang

Beijing is testing its military muscle in a six-day, live-fire drill over an area “roughly the size of Taiwan” in the East China Sea, just days after President Xi Jinping pledged to work for peaceful cross-strait development.

Analysts said the exercise was in line with Beijing’s effort to increase military readiness while showing resolve to defend the “one China” policy, under which Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province awaiting reunification.

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