World: Taiwan is launching an artillery exercise simulating a defense against an attack on China

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following the large -scale military maneuvers on the part of Beijing for several days, the army of Taiwan conducted an artillery exercise with real bullets, Tuesday August 9, 2022.

The army of Taiwan led Tuesday August 9, 2022 an artillery exercise with real bullets simulating the defense of the island against a Chinese invasion .

An AFP journalist on the spot noted the start of operations in the county of Pingtung (south) shortly after 00 h 40 GMT, with fire rockets and artillery. The exercise ended around 01:30 gmt, said Lou Woei-Jye, spokesperson for the eighth Taiwan army corps.

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The exercises, with a second scheduled for Thursday, will involve the deployment of several hundred soldiers and around 40 howles, the army said.

China launched last week its most important military maneuvers around Taiwan , in response to the visit of the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi , the highest American official to go to the island autonomous for decades.

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Beijing believes that Taiwan, which has around 23 million inhabitants, is one of its provinces, which it has not yet managed to combine with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese civil war (1949 ).

M. Lou said on Monday that Taiwanese exercises were already scheduled and that it was not a response to the current Chinese exercises.

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The island regularly organizes military exercises simulating a Chinese invasion. The latest, last month, when she trained to postpone attacks from the sea during an "joint interception operation" . It was his biggest annual financial year.

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The Taiwanese exercises intervene after China extended its own maritime and aerial maneuvers joint on the island on Monday. For Washington, the risk of climbing from Beijing is low.

"I am not worried, but I am concerned about the fact that they move as much. But I don’t think they’ll do something more, ”, said Joe Biden against journalists on the Air Base of Dover in the state of Delaware.

Before starting his own military exercises, Taipei had condemned Tuesday that Beijing continues his maneuvers around the territory.

"The provocation and the aggression of China has undermined the status quo of the Taiwan Strait and raises tensions in the region" , said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan in a statement.

No war plane or Chinese ship entered Taiwan's territorial waters - less than 12 nautical miles from the earth - during the Beijing exercises, Taiwan said.

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