FAST FIVE: Taiwan Says China's Drills Are Simulating A Full Attack On The Island

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On Saturday Taiwan's defense ministry said it observed Chinese planes and ships conducting attack simulation exercises while operating in the Taiwan Strait.

“Multiple batches of Chinese communist planes and ships conducting activities around the Taiwan strait, some of which crossed the median line,” it said in a statement.  Image: AFP via Getty – Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province.

Video from #China's social media allegedly claims something was recorded flying over #Taiwan during the ongoing #ChinaTaiwan drills .

caveats apply – Damien Symon (@detresfa_) August 6, 2022 Taiwan's military further says it's in a high state of alert, and that while it doesn't seek war, it stands ready to respond to aggression accordingly.

In the below, the state outlet captions, “Break the so-called 'median line' in the Taiwan Straits.” Meanwhile, The Guardian notes that a high level Taiwanese official has died.

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