China’s military conducted an exercise over Taiwan Friday during a surprise visit by U.S. lawmakers.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said it “organized naval and air forces to continue combat readiness police patrols in direction of the Taiwan Strait,” according to Reuters.
The Chinese military said that “relevant actions are necessary to deal with the current situation in the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan is part of China’s territory, and defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity is our military’s sacred mission.”
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported that 8 Chinese aircraft flew into its airspace.
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