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World Taiwan continues his military exercises after the repeated threats of Beijing

10:10  11 august  2022
10:10  11 august  2022 Source:   france24.com

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The Taiwanese army proceeded on Thursday on Thursday morning, to a new defense exercise with real ammunition in the county of Pingtung. The day before, China had announced the end of its maneuvers in the Taiwan Strait, while ensuring that it "will continue to prepare for war".

Beijing ended his military maneuvers. But that does not stop the Taiwanese army which carried out a new exercise with real ammunition, Thursday August 11. She carried out shots of shells and light rockets as part of this defense exercise, told AFP Lou Woei-Jye, spokesperson for the 8th army corps. These maneuvers in the county of Pingtung (south), started at 8:30 am (2:30 a.m. in Paris), lasted an hour, he added.

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"We have two objectives in the exercises, the first is to ensure the good condition of the artillery and its good maintenance and the second is to confirm the results of last year," said Lou Woei-Jye , in reference to military exercises in 2021.

A live retransmission showed artillery parts aligned on the coast and soldiers, divided into units, pulling one after the other the belts to the open sea.

Taiwan had already conducted a military exercise on Tuesday in Pingtung . Hundreds of men participated in these two sessions, according to the army. The authorities have minimized the scope of these exercises, ensuring that they were already programmed and were not an answer to those of China.

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Beijing announced on Wednesday the end of his maneuvers, declaring that his forces had "led to various tasks" in the Taiwan Strait while promising to continue to patrol in his waters. But, in the same statement, China assured that it "will continue to conduct military training and prepare for war".

At the same time, the Chinese Bureau of Taiwanese affairs declared, Wednesday, in a white paper that Beijing does not give up "not the use of the force" against his neighbor and reserved "the possibility of taking all the necessary measures".

"We are willing to create a large space (cooperation) in order to achieve peaceful reunification," said the document. "But we will not leave any room for maneuver to separatist actions aimed at pseudo-independence from Taiwan."

with AFP

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