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CHINA ANNOUNCES END OF FIRING EXERCISES

China announced on Friday the end of 11 days of missile and live artillery tests in the East China Sea just north of rival Taiwan.

"The . . . firing exercises conducted by the People's Liberation Army in the East China Sea have ended," said the announcement by the Ministry of Communications carried by the official Xinhua news agency.Ships and aircraft can resume normal operations in the area, the agency said. It gave no details of the tests.

It was the second round of missile tests. The first, from July 21 to 26, triggered widespread fear in rival Taiwan and plunges in the Taiwan stock market. The tests were widely seen as a deliberate attempt to intimidate Taiwan.