Taiwan defense ministry: Chinese drills around island meant to destroy regional stability

August 3, 2022 - 10:37 AM
Pedestrians wait at an intersection near a screen showing footage of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft during an evening news programme, in Beijing, China August 2, 2022. (Reuters/Tingshu Wang)

 Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that Chinese live-fire drills around the democratic island this week demonstrated Beijing’s intention to destroy regional peace and stability.

Taiwan has enhanced alertness levels and will react timely and appropriately to the drills, a defense ministry spokesman told reporters via a voice message.

—Reporting By Yimou Lee; Editing by Tom Hogue