5/25, 8:26 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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China carries out 'combat drills' near Taiwan

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced on Wednesday that it has carried out joint combat readiness patrols and "actual combat drills" in the sea and airspace around Taiwan.

Chinese military's Eastern Theater Command spokesman Colonel Shi Yi said that the moves should serve as a "warning" in the light of "the recent United States-Taiwan collusion activities."

"It is hypocritical and futile for the US to say one thing and do another on the Taiwan issue," the official pointed out, while also noting that the Chinese military is "determined and capable of thwarting any external forces' interference" as well as "separatist attempts" in Taiwan.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / MS