US Frowns At China’s Provocative Military Drills Around Taiwan

US Frowns At China’s Provocative Military Drills Around Taiwan
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The United States of America has finally asked China to immediately halt all “provocative” actions around Taiwan as tension heightens.

The American government had also accused the fellow world power of aggravation through its military drills.

Read Also: US House Speaker Pelosi Arrives Japan Following Taiwan Trip

The White House said China’s efforts “to change the status quo” was a significant escalation.

“They are provocative, irresponsible, and raise the risk of miscalculation”, a spokesperson told Reuters.

“They are also at odds with our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

On Saturday, Taiwanese jets had charged toward 20 Chinese aircraft, including 14 that crossed the median line. The defence ministry also noticed 14 Chinese military ships conducting activities around the Strait.

Taiwans’ government noted that the exercises appear to simulate an attack within and around its territory.

China’s military force, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) commenced drills after the visit of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.

The Chinese government said no country should misestimate its “strong will and great capability to defend state sovereignty and to achieve national reunification”.

In another report, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, arrived in Japan for the final stop on her Asian tour, following a visit to Taiwan that has infuriated China.

In footage obtained by Africa Daily News, New York the politician was seen disembarking from her plane at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, before greeting the US ambassador and other officials with hugs and handshakes.

In an apparent reaction, Beijing had on Wednesday launched large-scale military drills in the waters around Taiwan after Pelosi this week became the highest-profile elected US official to set foot on the self-ruled island in 25 years.

The 82-year-old politician defied a series of stern threats from China to meet Taiwanese leaders on Wednesday, positing that her trip made it ‘unequivocally clear’ that the United States would not abandon a democratic ally

 

Africa Daily News, New York

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