On Aug. 8, China announced new military exercises around Taiwan, a day after the planned conclusion of its largest exercise, which was held to protest the visit to the island last week by the speaker of the US House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi. The announcement of new exercises caused concerns of the US President Joe Biden. This is reported Reuters.
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China’s Eastern Command has said it will hold joint exercises off Taiwan on anti-submarine and amphibious operations.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry condemned the move, saying China is deliberately creating crises. Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry demanded that Beijing stop hostilities and retreat from the borders.
“In the face of military intimidation from China, Taiwan will not be afraid to retreat, but will more resolutely defend its sovereignty, national security and a free and democratic way of life,” Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Biden, in his first public comments on the issue since Pelosi’s visit, said he was not worried about Taiwan, but about China’s actions in the region.
“I’m concerned that they’re moving around so much,” Biden said. “But I don’t think they’re going to do anything more.”
White House Speaker Karine Jean-Pierre called China’s actions provocative, irresponsible and increasing the risk of error.
- On August 2, 2022, Pelosi’s plane landed in Taipei.
- Beijing condemned the visit and began large-scale military exercises near the island.
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