(From Reuters)

A Chinese military unit based in a city that lies opposite self-ruled Taiwan has carried out live fire exercises and landing drills, state television reported just days after an independence-leaning opposition party won elections in Taiwan.

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In a piece late on Wednesday, state television’s military channel said the 31st Group Army, based in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, had carried out the drills in “recent days”, though it did not give an exact location.

It showed amphibious armored vehicles ploughing through the sea towards a landing spot, helicopters firing missiles at locations on shore and soldiers parachuting down from helicopters.

The report made no direct mention of the Taiwan election. China’s Defence Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said it was “aware of the information”, and declined further immediate comment. Read More

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