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China starting new military drills surrounding Taiwan

China's military forces announced on Monday the start of new drills around Taiwan a day after it ended army exercises that came in response to the last week's Taiwan visit by United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

While the duration of the drills wasn't specified, the Chinese Eastern Theatre Command confirmed exercises would primarily focus on testing the country's anti-submarine and sea assault capabilities. However, they are widely seen as a means of pressure on Taiwan's defenses following Pelosi's visit to Taipei.

The news comes after Beijing confirmed last week that its response to Washington's "provocative actions" won't end with measures that mainly focused on cutting military communication channels between China and the US.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / ND