Newspaper article China Post

PRC Military Drill off SE China

Newspaper article China Post

PRC Military Drill off SE China

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND, [...]) called the footage of military drills off the south-eastern coast of mainland China "a routine exercise" Tuesday, refuting concerns that it is a warning to President-elect Tsai Ing-wen in light of her upcoming inauguration ceremony on Friday.

Mainland state television media outlet China Central Television and other outlets broadcast footage of military drills conducted by the 31st Group Army of China's People's Liberation Army, on the evening of Monday, May 16. The group, based in the southeastern city of Xiamen, makes it the branch of the Chinese military nearest to Taiwan.

News of the exercises were viewed by local media as an attempt to pressure Tsai and the incoming government to clarify their stance of the "1992 Consensus," or possibly as a provocation of military aggression in the Taiwan Strait. …

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