China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea. File photo/ Reuters
China’s military is holding exercises this week in waters near Taiwan, China’s maritime safety agency said days after Beijing reiterated it was ready to fight if there was any move towards independence for the self-ruled island.
The agency did not say when the exercises would be held or what type of forces would be involved but it placed an area off the coast of Guangdong and Fujian provinces, west of Taiwan, off limits from 6am on Monday (2200 GMT Sunday) to 6pm on Friday (1000 GMT), due to military activity.
It also said an area off the coast of Zhejiang province, northeast of Taiwan, was off limits for military exercises until Thursday evening.
China claims self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Beijing’s control.
In recent years, it has stepped up its military drills around Taiwan, including regularly flying what Beijing calls “island encirclement” exercises and sending warships into surrounding waters.
Taiwan has been closely monitoring the situation in the strait to ensure safety and regional stability, the defence ministry said.
“The national army continues to reinforce its key defence capacity and is definitely confident and capable of defending the nation’s security,” it said in a statement.
The island held its own annual military exercises in May, vowing to defend itself against China’s growing threat.
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