China says it’s conducting military exercises near Taiwan Strait

BEIJING, Sept 18- China said on Friday it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait in response to the current situation there and to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

BEIJING, Sept 18 (Reuters) – China said on Friday it is

conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait in response

to the current situation there and to safeguard its sovereignty

and territorial integrity.

Defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang told reportersduring a briefing that current efforts between the rulingDemocratic Progressive Party of Taiwan and the United States tocause trouble will lead to a dead end.(Reporting by Colin Qian and Yew Lun Tian; Writing by Se YoungLeeEditing by Shri Navaratnam)