The Chinese military said Thursday it has conducted a live-fire drill in the strait dividing Taiwan and the mainland, beginning a four-day large-scale exercise in areas encircling the island in response to a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that angered Beijing.
The military's Eastern Theater Command said that at around 1 p.m., its armed forces carried out long-range precise strikes at specific areas in the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait and achieved expected results.
China has said the exercises will take place in six locations around Taiwan from Thursday to Sunday. Beijing also conducted drills in the Taiwan Strait in the run-up and during Pelosi's roughly 19-hour visit to the island through Wednesday as a show of protest. It has called the exercises a "legitimate" response to a "major provocation" by the United States.
The high-profile visit has led to a spike in cross-strait tensions. Beijing had warned before Pelosi's trip that the Chinese military would "never sit idly by."
China regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.