Chinese PLA conducts ongoing military drills around Taiwan, testing territory domination and control capabilities

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24th May 2024 – (Beijing) The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China continued its ongoing military exercises around the vicinity of Taiwan on Friday, evaluating its capabilities in unified domination, joint strikes, and territorial control.

In an operation named Joint Sword-2024A, the PLA Eastern Theatre Command organised forces from the army, navy, air force, and rocket force to conduct drills around Taiwan Island. The exercises focused on joint maritime and aerial defence patrols, comprehensive control of the battlefield, and precision targeting of crucial objectives. Naval and aircraft units were deployed in close proximity to Taiwan Island, ensuring a cohesive and synchronised operation. The exercises aimed to assess the combat readiness and joint operational capabilities of the regional forces. Colonel Li Xi, the spokesperson for the Eastern Theatre Command, emphasised that these exercises were a powerful response to the separatist tendencies of the “Taiwan independence” movement and a stern warning against external interference and provocations.

The PLA’s military manoeuvres come at a significant time, coinciding with the inauguration of William Lai Ching-te, Taiwan’s new leader. The drills commenced on Thursday morning at 7.45am and are scheduled to span two days. They will take place in various locations, including the Taiwan Strait to the north, south, and east of Taiwan Island, as well as the surrounding islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Wuqiu, and Dongyin. Through these exercises, the PLA aims to enhance its operational coordination, strategic capabilities, and overall combat readiness in the region.