PLA Eastern Theater Command launches unprecedented joint live fire drills on Taiwan-Xinhua island

A missile is fired by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command missile squad and targets specific sea areas east of the island of Taiwan, August 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat exercises and training around the island on Thursday Taiwan on an unprecedented scale. (Photo by Li Youzhi/Xinhua)

NANJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted joint combat drills and training on an unprecedented scale around the island of Taiwan on Thursday.

During the long-range fire drills, held around 1:00 p.m. Thursday, new missile models were fired by the task force’s army, hitting precise targets in the eastern part of the Taiwan Strait. The desired results have been achieved.

Strikes using various types of conventional missiles were launched Thursday afternoon by the Task Force Missile Force, targeting designated sea areas in eastern Taiwan island. All missiles hit targets with great precision. The squad’s ability to launch precision strikes and perform area denial tasks was tested.

The Theater Command’s Air Force and Naval Air Corps flew more than 100 combat aircraft, including fighters and bombers, to conduct combat exercises such as joint reconnaissance, aerial refueling, airspace control, and strikes against ground targets.

Over 10 destroyers and frigates from the Theater Command Navy conducted joint blockade operations in waters off the island of Taiwan.

Liu Dongkun, a senior officer with the theater command, said the armed forces demonstrated their brave and invincible fighting spirit.

Liu said the armed forces will resolutely carry out their tasks entrusted by the Party and the people, and resolutely protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

A missile is fired by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command missile squad and targets specific sea areas east of the island of Taiwan, August 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat exercises and training around the island on Thursday Taiwan on an unprecedented scale. (Photo by Wang Yi/Xinhua)

The video screenshot shows a missile fired by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command missile squad on August 4, 2022 at certain sea areas in the east of the island of Taiwan. The Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat drills and training around the island of Taiwan on an unprecedented scale on Thursday. (Xinhua)

A missile is fired by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command missile squad and targets specific sea areas east of the island of Taiwan, August 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat exercises and training around the island on Thursday Taiwan on an unprecedented scale. (Photo by Hong Zhi/Xinhua)

The Air Force and Naval Air Corps of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command fly warplanes to conduct operations around the island of Taiwan, Aug. 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat exercises and training through the island of Taiwan in an unprecedented on Thursday Extent. (Photo by Fu Gan/Xinhua)

Video screenshot shows aerial refueling of fighter jets while the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command Air Force and Naval Air Corps flies fighter jets to conduct operations around the island of Taiwan, Aug. 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command led on Thursday conducted joint combat exercises and training on the island of Taiwan on an unprecedented scale. (Xinhua)

A fighter jet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theater Command conducts operations around the island of Taiwan, Aug. 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command conducted joint combat exercises and training on an unprecedented scale around the island of Taiwan on Thursday. (Photo by Hua Junxiao/Xinhua)

The Army of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducts long-range live fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on Aug. 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command on Thursday conducted joint combat drills and training around Taiwan on an unprecedented scale. (Photo by Hong Wei/Xinhua)

The Army of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducts long-range live fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on Aug. 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command on Thursday conducted joint combat drills and training around Taiwan on an unprecedented scale. (Photo by Lai Qiaoquan/Xinhua)

The Army of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducts long-range live fire drills in the Taiwan Strait on Aug. 4, 2022. The Eastern Theater Command on Thursday conducted joint combat drills and training around Taiwan on an unprecedented scale. (Photo by Lai Qiaoquan/Xinhua)

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