China declared on Tuesday that it will begin a “series of targeted military operations” in reaction to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s travel to Taiwan.

“People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch a series of targeted military operations to counter (Nancy) Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan island, and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” China’s Defense Ministry said.

The statement came shortly after Pelosi arrived in Taiwan for the first time in 25 years.

China regards Taiwan as a “breakaway province.” Taipei, on the other hand, has insisted on its independence since 1949.

The PLA Eastern Theater Command also announced that it will hold joint military operations around Taiwan beginning Tuesday night, with joint naval and air drills in the north, southwest, and southeast of the island, long-range artillery shooting in the Taiwan Strait, and conventional missile test firing in maritime areas east of the island.

In addition, beginning Thursday, the Chinese military will conduct military exercises and training activities, including four-day live fire drills in six regions around Taiwan, according to the daily.

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