STORY: Extensive drills of military hardware in six zones around Taiwan were deployed the day after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity trip to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.
The exercises are expected to last until noon on Sunday (August 7).
From Pingtan, which is 68 nautical miles to Hsinchu in Taiwan, residents and Chinese tourists said they did not expect further tensions between the two sides of the Strait.
In Taipai, resident Cai Jingyuan, told Reuters she thinks Beijing will not take the risk of an attack, as Taiwan will fight back.
It comes as Taiwan scrambled jets on Saturday to warn away 20 Chinese aircraft including 14 that crossed the Taiwan Strait median line, Taiwan's defense ministry said.