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China Announces Drills Around Taiwan After US Speaker Meeting

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will hold three days of military exercises around Taiwan starting from Saturday, the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command announced, the day after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen returned from a trip to the United States.

China will hold “combat readiness patrols” and exercises around in the Taiwan Strait and to the north, south and east of Taiwan “as planned”, it added in a brief statement.

Tsai met U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy while in Los Angeles in Wednesday, angering Beijing which views Taiwan as its own territory.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; Writing by Ben Blanchard; editing by Diane Craft)

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