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Editor"s note: To mark the 95th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, China Daily is publishing a series of stories elaborating on Xi Jinping Thought on Strengthening the Military, expounding its main ideas from different angles. Major strides made as Xi attaches great importance to military tech development During the recent live-fire exercises carried out by the People's Liberation Army, multiple types of cutting-edge hardware were deployed, such as the DF-17 hypersonic ballistic missile and the YY-20 aerial refueling plane. This new hardware has extensively enhanced the PLA's fighting prowess and made it one of the best

The People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command on Tuesday continued to carry out combat exercises around Taiwan, the command said in a statement. The drills, which were conducted in the air and waters around the island, were mainly conducted to test the capabilities of the PLA's joint blockade and joint support operations. The command has been organizing drills surrounding Taiwan since Aug 2, after the arrival of United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the island.

The People"s Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command has continued to carry out combat exercises around Taiwan on Wednesday, mobilizing some of the PLA's top hardware like the J-20 stealth fighter jet and the DF-17 medium-range hypersonic ballistic missile. The command said in a news release on its WeChat account fighter jets, early-warning planes and bomber aircraft took off from multiple airbases on Wednesday morning and conducted aerial commanding, early warning, electronic jamming and fire support drills above waters near Taiwan. Naval ships had also arrived in designated waters to the east of Taiwan and completed area-denial deployment. They were scheduled