Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) is advising vessels calling at its ports to stay well clear of the areas off its coastline where China is conducting live-fire exercises.

“In response to the military exercise conducted by the Communist Party of China, from noon local time (0400 GMT) on 4 August to 12 pm of 7 August, we urge relevant vessels to avoid the areas during the military exercise, and use alternative routes to enter and exit ports,” said Taiwan’s MOTC.