One analyst said that the Liaoning aircraft carrier may take part in the exercises. Photo: Reuters

Chinese military starts Taiwan Strait drills amid rising tension with US over island

  • PLA exercise off self-ruled island began on Sunday with second set of drills to be held further to the south
  • Analysts suggest first simultaneous operations in region since 1995-96 Taiwan Strait crisis may be a response to Washington’s US$2 billion arms sale to island
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One analyst said that the Liaoning aircraft carrier may take part in the exercises. Photo: Reuters
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.