China simulates striking Taiwan on second day of drills

  • China’s military simulated precision strikes against Taiwan in a second day of drills around the island on 9 Apr, with the island’s defence ministry reporting multiple air force sorties and that it was monitoring China’s missile forces.
  • Chinese state television reported that the combat readiness patrols and drills around Taiwan were continuing.
  • “Under the unified command of the theatre joint operations command centre, multiple types of units carried out simulated joint precision strikes on key targets on Taiwan island and the surrounding sea areas and continue to maintain an offensive posture around the island,” it said.
  • The Chinese military’s Eastern Theatre Command put out a short animation of the simulated attacks on its WeChat account, showing missiles fired from land, sea and air into Taiwan with two of them exploding in flames as they hit their targets.
  • A source familiar with the security situation in the region told Reuters that China had been conducting simulated air and sea attacks on “foreign military targets” in the waters off Taiwan’s southwestern coast.
  • “Taiwan is not their only target,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media. “It’s very provocative.”

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