Why Is China Conducting Military Drill Near Taiwan After Pelosi Visit?

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By The Conversation The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has reportedly fired several DF-15B ballistic missiles into the seas around Taiwan as part of large-scale military drills announced in response to the visit this week by the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. The areas chosen for these exercises are unprecedented in their proximity to Taiwan, coming much closer than those of the previous Taiwan Straits Crisis in 1995-1996 and dramatically raising tensions in the region. Taiwan’s defence ministry has denounced the drills as tantamount to a military blockade of the i…

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