China’s live-fire military exercise in the Taiwan Strait, netizens: ‘This is not an exercise’

Recently, there have been rumors about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan this weekend. And Beijing has repeatedly warned that, if Pelosi travels to Taiwan, the consequences will be serious.

According to the website of the Pingtan Maritime Bureau of Fujian, on July 28, the Pingtan Maritime Bureau of Fujian issued a navigation warning. There was an exercise, and live ammunition was fired in some waters from 8:00 to 21:00 on July 30. The blocked alert zone is reported to include the land and sea secured zones.

On July 30, some videos showed that China also conducted live-fire military exercises in the waters of Pingtan County, Fujian, which is only 100 kilometers away from Taiwan.

Video shared on Twitter showed that live ammunition shooting had already begun before dawn. Footage shows the CCP army fired many flares from land positions.

Netizens also left many comments about this situation. User @ZhaoMingObserve said, “Exercise landing in Taiwan for combat were all landed at night when the enemy was unprepared. How can flares be fired at night like this, for fear that the opponent will not be able to see him? This is not an exercise, this is an acting for President Xi to see!” User @Jrnathan79 said, “Performing for their family sees, daylight is required to see clearly.”

Pelosi’s possible visit to Taiwan: ‘Shoot them down’—the threat that had to be deleted

A “threatening” post by former editor-in-chief of the CCP’s Global Times, Hu Xijin, on Twitter on July 29 was demanded to be removed.

The content of his post was: “If U.S. fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is [an] invasion. The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the U.S. fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making the tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down.”

On July 30, he had to delete the above post to open his account. He also said on Weibo, “Aw, freedom of speech in the beautiful country seems to have boundaries, and this is not the first time I have had a similar encounter on Twitter. The ‘rules’ of the world are really a bit similar.”

This has caused many Chinese citizens to leave their comments, “How did Mr. Hu get on Twitter?; “What is Twitter? Isn’t it illegal to go to a foreign internet?”; another said, “Mr.Hu, at first, I thought you didn’t delete it.”

Military vehicles appear on the streets of China

Some military vehicles have appeared more frequently on the streets of China in recent times. Some photos and videos show trains carrying military vehicles, including amphibious tanks, in China’s cities.

This video shows that on July 30, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, a train carried many amphibious tanks and troop carriers, but the destination is unknown.

Another video shows military vehicles heading toward Tibet on July 29. 

In addition, on July 29, a large number of troops were assembled and mobilized near Shanghai and Hangzhou.

According to Shiwang Zhisheng, some analysts have pointed out that this type of military mobilization may belong to fortification because it is far away from the Taiwan Strait where war may occur. However, the Chinese government deliberately displayed to the outside world its military power.

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