China has initiated three days of military drills around Taiwan, dubbed "United Sharp Sword," in an apparent retaliation to Taiwan's leader meeting with US House Speaker McCarthy. The drills commenced after Taiwan's leader returned from the US, and feature various military assets such as long-range rockets, fighter bombers, missile speedboats, and navy destroyers. Chinese authorities emphasize that the drills are designed to test warfare strength and intimidate Taiwan.
The live-fire drills will take place in Fujian, located just across the Strait from Taiwan. This is not the first time China has conducted such exercises; similar unprecedented drills occurred for a week in August when former House Speaker Pelosi visited Taiwan, and missiles were flown over the island. The drills seem to serve as a warning to Taiwan and the US against further collaboration.
Taiwanese authorities have reacted calmly to the military drills, stating they do not wish to escalate tensions. They are closely monitoring the situation and have already detected dozens of fighter jets crossing the sensitive median line of the Taiwan Strait.