Life goes on as normal in Taiwan as China's live-fire drills begin around island

People ordering food as a TV screen carries a news report on China's live-fire military drills near Taiwan, in Taipei on Aug 4, 2022. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Workers cleaning out a fishing boat at a harbour in Keelung, Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
A family sitting at their vegetable stall in a market in Taipei on Aug 4, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
Taiwanese newspapers carrying headlines about US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's visit are displayed in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug 4, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TAIPEI - Even as China kicked off the first of its four-day live-fire military drills around Taiwan on Thursday (Aug 4), people on the island went about their everyday lives, seemingly unperturbed by the news.

"Is it today?" asked Ms Chen Bi-lien, 57, a cashier at a supermarket in Taipei. "I don't see people panic-buying anything.

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