the chinese army fired shells into the Taiwan Straitn this Thursday, AFP journalists confirmed, shortly after the start of important military maneuvers around the island claimed by Beijing.
In Pingtan, a Chinese island located near the ongoing maneuvers, opposite Taiwan, AFP journalists saw around 1:13 p.m. (05:13 GMT) several small projectiles, fired from the vicinity of military installations, followed by a trail of white smoke.
AFP was unable to identify the projectiles fired or determine their precise direction.
Numerous tourists who were on the seafront of the resort island witnessed the shooting.
The Chinese Armed Forces started this Thursday major military maneuvers of its history around Taiwan, a forceful response to the visit of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to the island.
The trip for Pelosi, the highest-ranking US elected official to visit Taipei in 25 years, to the Chinese-claimed territory lasted less than 24 hours, but drew the wrath of Beijing.
Pelosi insisted that The United States will not leave the islandwho lives under the constant threat of an invasion by the Chinese army.
In response, China launched this Thursday, at 04:00 GMT, military exercises in six zones around Taiwan that are due to last until noon on Sunday