Taiwan accuses China of exaggeration with footage

HISTORY: Taiwan on Tuesday (Aug. 16) accused China of exaggerating its claims about military exercises after the Chinese military released footage of exercises near the Penghu Islands.
Those islands are strategically located and home to a major Taiwanese air force base, and Taipei said it was not true that Chinese forces had come close to them.
China held military drills across the island this month after a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and five US lawmakers led by Senator Ed Markey on Sunday (Aug. 14) and Monday (Aug. 15).
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China responded to Pelosi's visit with the first ballistic missile test launches over Taipei.
Beijing regards Taiwan as its own territory and not a separate country. Taiwan's government denies China's claim.
The Chinese military on Monday released its alleged video of the Penghu Islands, which appears to have been taken by the Chinese Air Force.
However, Taiwan Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff Tung Pei-lun said this was a Chinese information war, adding he had no comment on who took the video.
Tung also said that Taiwan "grasped" what was happening in the sky in real time and that Chinese planes had been closer to northern and southwestern Taiwan.
Meanwhile, China on Tuesday (Aug. 16) imposed sanctions on seven Taiwanese officials it accused of being "independence fanatics," which the island condemned.

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