Taiwan stages military drills on island off Chinese coast

Taiwan is holding small-scale military drills on an island it controls just off the Chinese coast.

The head of Kinmen's defense command says the beach landing exercise and simulated attack by the navy's elite "frogman" commandos Tuesday were to show the ability of the armed forces to provide security in the Taiwan Strait ahead of next month's Lunar New Year holiday.

The drills follow China's revelation of live-fire exercises in the area just days after Taiwanese voters elected independence-leaning Tsai Ing-wen as president on Jan. 16.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory and threatens to use force to bring the island under its control.

The Kinmen commander, Hau Yi-he, said no unusual Chinese military movements had been detected since the election and Taiwan's forces would continue with routine drills.