China says completed tasks ahead of Taiwan war games

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China says completed tasks ahead of Taiwan war games

China's military said it has completed various tasks around Taiwan that could signal an end to days of war games.

The exercises had achieved their goal of sending a warning to those who favor Taiwan's formal independence, according to both China's defence ministry and its Eastern Theatre Command.

Senior Colonel Shi Yi, Eastern Theatre Command spokesman, said all tasks have been completed and troops' combat capabilities in integrated joint operations have been effectively verified.

China said the drills were prompted by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, and it will continue to conduct regular patrols near the island.

Taiwan said Ms Pelosi's visit was routine and China used her trip as a pretext to increase its threats.

Taiwan warned that the Chinese military drills reflect the ambitions to control large swaths of the western Pacific.

The eastern theatre troops will pay close attention to the evolution of situations across the Taiwan Strait, continue to carry out military training for war preparedness, organise normalised combat readiness security patrol in the Taiwan Strait, and protect China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Colonel Shi said.

Along with lobbing missiles into the Taiwan Strait, the nearly week-long drills saw Chinese ships and planes crossing the centre line in the strait that has been seen as a buffer against outright conflict.

Last week's drills included the launch of ballistic missiles, some of which flew over the island's capital Taipei, and simulated sea and air attacks in surrounding skies and waters.

Taiwan Defence Ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang said Taipei would adjust the allocation of forces due to factors such as the enemy threat Ms Pelosi said the United States could not allow China to normalise a new level of pressure on Taiwan.

We can't let that happen. Ms Pelosi said that her visit - the highest-level trip by an American official in decades to Taiwan - showed unwavering US commitment to supporting the island's democracy.

The Biden administration said in the coming weeks the US military would carry routine passages through the Taiwan Strait, which the US government said is an international waterway.