China continued its massive military exercises around Taiwan on Sunday, sending dozens of warships and military aircraft to the region, including 22 across the centerline of the Taiwan Strait, the buffer zone between the democratic island and the Communist-controlled mainland.
Beijing’s move comes in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taiwan.
China’s foreign ministry also announced a reduction in diplomatic engagement with the United States and a suspension of military consultations between Washington and Beijing.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it found Chinese warships and aircraft.
Taiwanese officials tweeted on Sunday that the military had “monitored the situation and responded to these activities with aircraft (air patrols), naval ships and land-based missile systems.” “Since the (People’s Liberation Army) exercise began on August 4, no PLA (People’s Liberation Army Navy) vessels have entered our territorial waters.”
Taipei has dismissed reports that a PLA destroyer, the Nanjing, was recently spotted about seven miles from a power plant on Taiwan’s east coast.
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Defense officials said the Chinese navy condemned such “false information.”