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20 Total Chinese & Taiwan Warships In 'Close Quarters' Standoff In Strait As Drills Wind Dow

• by Tyler Durden

The four days of unprecedented drills was slammed by Taipei as simulating an invasion, and saw the People's Liberation Army (PLA) soon after Nancy Pelosi's departure fire eleven ballistic missiles near Taiwan - some of which reportedly flew over the island.

"About 10 warships each from China and Taiwan sailed at close quarters in the Taiwan Strait, with some Chinese vessels crossing the median line, an unofficial buffer separating the two sides, according to a person with knowledge of the matter," Reuters observes of Sunday tensions.

Despite these main drills which occurred in six zones off Taiwan's coast now coming to a close, Chinese military pressure looks to continue for weeks longer, likely through to the end of the month of August.

China announced a whole new series of military drills near Taiwan, though not as close in proximity to the island as last week's. China's Maritime Safety Administration said in a statement that the new PLA drills will kick off in five zones of the Yellow Sea from Aug. 5 to 15The Washington Post details

China's Ministry of Defense did not announce the purpose of the expanded exercises, which come as the visit frayed U.S.-China relations, but they come as Beijing is putting on its greatest show of force around Taiwan since the last cross-strait crisis of 1995 to 1996 — in what it calls a warning to "provocateurs" who challenge Beijing's claims over Taiwan, the self-governing democracy of 23 million.