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Chinese State TV: Military Drills Forced U.S. Navy to ‘Back Away’ from Taiwan

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian Province, ahead of military drills around Taiwan, on Aug. 4, 2022. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan Island, one of mainland China’s closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian Province, ahead of military drills around Taiwan, on Aug. 4, 2022. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

On Aug. 5, the Chinese communist regime’s state-run central television (CCTV) boasted that the Chinese military exercises targeting Taiwan forced the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group to “back away” from Taiwan and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plane to “detour” east of the Philippines from Kuala Lumpur to the island.

CCTV interviewed Meng Xiangqing, a professor of the CCP PLA National Defence University, who said in the program that “the intensity and deterrence of the military drills are far greater than before.”

Pelosi paid a 19-hour visit to Taiwan and left the island on Aug. 3, the third stop of her Asia trip after Singapore and Malaysia.

One day after Pelosi left Taiwan for Japan, the Chinese regime’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command conducted live-fire drills in six zones around Taiwan, firing altogether 11 Dongfeng missilesaccording to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense on Aug. 4.

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