The People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) will continue exercises in the waters and airspace around Taiwan on Monday, the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command announced through a statement.
The latest announcement means China has extended the date of its large-scale military exercises which began on August 4 and were scheduled to conclude on Sunday.
In a statement, the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said it will “continue drills in waters near Taiwan island, focusing on anti-submarine and air-to-ship strikes,” according to the Chinese daily Global Times.
The military drills were held by China in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan against warnings issued by Beijing which sees the self-ruled island as its “breakaway province.”
Last week Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Pelosi’s visit has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.