China is reportedly planning to conduct a “major military activity” in the Yellow Sea this week amid rising tensions in the region.
China’s Maritime Security Administration said on Monday that military operations would take place in the Yellow Sea between 9 am and 12 noon local time on Monday, without disclosing any further details.
The agency warned boaters not to enter waters off the coast of Shandong province, which are often used for military exercises and are far from US regional allies.
The planned military activity comes after China held military drills around Taiwan, which Beijing said was a warning to the self-governing island nation.
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The Chinese military conducted three days of large-scale air and sea exercises, dubbed “Joint Sword,” which ended last Monday, following US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s visit to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. Had a meeting with
China had warned of dire consequences if the meeting took place.
Meanwhile, the US Navy sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, sparking protests from Beijing, which denounced the transit as “public propaganda”.
A spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command said it was ready at any time to “resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty, security and regional peace and stability”.
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China has increased its military pressure on Taiwan in recent years, sending fighter jets and navy ships toward the island on an almost daily basis.
After former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan last August, China sent more and more military ships to the center line of the Taiwan Strait, an informal boundary that had been accepted for decades. That growing pressure from China has brought more attention to Taiwan globally.
Fox News’ Adam Sabes and Reuters contributed to this report.
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