China Plans Four Days of Military Drills in Areas Encircling Taiwan

September 18, 2022

(Bloomberg) -- China will conduct large-scale military drills and missile tests around Taiwan in a defiant show of force after House speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking US politician to land on the island in a quarter century. Most Read from BloombergBeijing announced six exclusion zones encircling Taiwan to facilitate live-fire military drills from Thursday to Sunday, with some of the areas crossing into the island’s territorial waters. The size and scope of the areas could set the stage for the Chinese military’s most provocative actions near Taiwan in decades. The Taiwan Strait is the primary route for ships passing from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to points west. (Updates with more details from military statement in third paragraph.)