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China coast guard conducts drills east of Taiwan island

Beijing, May 24 (Prensa Latina) China's Coast Guard spokesman Gan Yu reported on Friday that the 2304 ship formation conducted a comprehensive law enforcement drill east of Taiwan island.

Gan noted that this drilling focused on training on identification, warning and clearance; and tested joint patrol and emergency response capabilities.

He detailed this operation in Taiwan is part of the joint exercise “Joint Sword 2024”, which China has been conducting since Thursday.

This is the first time the Coast Guard has revealed its operations in the east of Taiwan, which means that mainland China has clearly defined its law enforcement rights over the island.

According to analysts, the signal sent by Beijing seeks to block the escape of “Taiwan independence” elements.

Separatists have long believed that the East Taiwan Sea can be a relatively safe and comfortable spot to hide and escape; now, the joint war zone and coast guard operations in the Taitung area have further highlighted the island’s comprehensive deterrence.