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PLA Aircraft Drills Near Taiwan No Threat to U.S., Navy Says

Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt
Photographer: Handout/Getty Images North America

Recent exercises by Chinese military aircraft near Taiwan posed no threat to U.S. forces in the area but were “aggressive and destabilizing” for the region, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement.

People’s Liberation Army planes conducted exercises on Jan. 23 and 24, simulating missile attacks on the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group, Financial Times reported earlier, citing people familiar with intelligence matters. The Chinese aircraft stayed at least 250 nautical miles away from the U.S. vessel and accompanying warships, the newspaper reported.