Taiwan held the drills amid rising tensions with China.

The island has begun air strike drills ahead of a possible visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Taiwan has held several military exercises aimed at repelling a possible Chinese incursion amid rising tensions with the mainland, with reports that a top US lawmaker plans to visit the island sometime in the coming weeks. keeps

Air raid sirens rang out in the island’s capital Taipei on Monday as the annual ‘Wanan’ drills began, involving joint air and sea exercises and the mobilization of troops and armored vehicles – all aimed at Beijing’s attack was to be imitated.

Speaking to reporters about the exercises, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-J claimed which was held by the Chinese warplanes. “Taiwan is often harassed” In recent years, apparently referring to a series of flyovers repeatedly condemned as provocative by Taiwanese authorities. However, Beijing considers Taiwan part of mainland China, and insists it is within its rights to operate near the island.

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The mayor also referred to the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine while explaining. “All these things make us understand the importance of being vigilant in times of peace and the need to be prepared if war breaks out.”

Although U.S. officials have not yet confirmed a date, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly planning to visit Taiwan sometime in August, a visit by military personnel. Advised against Due to rising tensions between the island and mainland China.

On reports of Pelosi’s upcoming visit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned that Beijing would take “Stronger and Stronger Actions” In response, though, it didn’t specify what that might entail. China’s state-run Global Times also published several editorials urging against any visit by the House speaker, saying it would be seen as a major provocation. “serious effect” On US-China relations.

Since taking office, U.S. President Joe Biden has maintained friendly relations with Taiwan, with his administration allowing numerous arms transfers to the island as well as nearly monthly transit of the disputed Taiwan Strait by U.S. warships. , which has angered China. Earlier this month, Chinese forces claimed to have shot down a US guided-missile destroyer that passed too close to disputed islands in the South China Sea, the latest escalation of tensions between the two militaries.

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