• Taiwan holds post-election military drills

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    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan: Taiwan carried out military drills Wednesday with naval chiefs assuring residents the island is safe, as concerns grow that tensions will escalate with China after recent presidential elections. The drills were the first since Tsai Ing-wen of the China-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) swept to victory in the elections earlier this month. On Wednesday, the Taiwanese navy displayed eight warships and fired flares from a missile corvette during an exercise in waters off Tsoying in southern Taiwan, home to the island’s naval headquarters. It was the second and final day of the drills, which also saw a group of elite frogmen land on a beach in motorboats Tuesday on the island of Kinmen—a Taiwan-controlled outpost island near China’s southeastern Xiamen city.

    AFP

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