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Taiwan wraps up artillery drills in southern island – Reuters

The first phase of the exercise took place on Tuesday and the second on Thursday. The military held firing practice from 155mm self-propelled howitzers and 120mm mortars, in a simulation of defending against an enemy attack, TASS reported.

The exercise was routine and had been planned before the exercises by the Chinese armed forces that took place in recent days.

The Taiwanese military plans to hold more exercises previously scheduled for September 5, deploying snipers, special forces, infantry, armored vehicles and mortars. Super Cobra and Apache gunships will also participate.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been holding its own drills, which have taken place around Taiwan, since August 4. They began the day after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, which was condemned by China.

Taiwan has been governed by its local administration since 1949, when remnant Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975) were defeated in the Chinese Civil War and took refuge on the island.

Taiwan has retained the flag and several other symbols of the Republic of China that existed before the Communists took over the mainland. Beijing considers the island one of its provinces, a position supported by most other countries, including Russia.