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China expands military drills, escalates threats against Taiwan

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China has announced additional live-fire drills in the Bohai and Yellow seas, as Beijing broadcasts its fury over a visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with military exercises near the island.

China’s Defense Ministry did not announce the purpose of the expanded exercises, which come as the visit frayed U.S.-China relations. The exercises are Beijing’s 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.

On Aug. 7, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers decried China’s military escalation in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) recent visit. (Video: The Washington Post)

China’s Maritime Safety Administration on Saturday announced five…

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