China publicizes landing drills near Taiwan after elections

China has publicized recent live-fire landing exercises along the coast opposite Taiwan, days after the island elected an independence-leaning president.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV's military channel said Thursday the drills were held recently by the 31st army based in Xiamen, near the Taiwanese-held island of Kinmen.

It says they involved long-range rockets, self-propelled howitzers, amphibious tanks and helicopters.

The Defense Ministry did not immediately respond as to whether the drills were related to Saturday's election that was won by Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party.

China routinely claims its exercises are planned well in advance and not timed to respond to specific events. However, the drills could be seen as a reminder of China's threat to invade Taiwan should it ever declare formal independence.