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China war games may be off, says Taiwan military : HindustanTimes.com

China war games may be off, says Taiwan military : HindustanTimes.com: "

China war games may be off, says Taiwan military
Reuters
Taipei, August 30

China has withdrawn about 3,000 soldiers from a military exercise on an island facing Taiwan, said the Taiwan defence ministry on Monday, prompting speculation that Beijing may have cancelled plans for further war games.
The southeastern Chinese island of Dongshan was the scene of a major military drill in May, when 18,000 troops from the Chinese People's Liberation Army simulated an invasion of Taiwan, over which Beijing claims sovereignty.
Defence ministry spokesman Huang Shuey-Sheng said more than 3,000 ground troops moved to Dongshan in mid-August had since been gradually pulled out.
'We will continue to monitor to see whether they plan to cancel the Dongshan drill,' he said. 'The likelihood (of a drill) is quite low but we will continue to watch the situation.'
China has repeatedly threatened to attack Taiwan if the self-governing island declares formal independence. Tension has been running high since independence-leaning Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian won a second four-year term in March.

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