Biden expresses concern about China’s maneuvers around Taiwan
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U.S. President Joe Biden said he was not worried about Taiwan, but was concerned about China's actions in the region, Reuters reports.
“I'm not worried [about Taiwan], but I'm worried about that they [the PRC forces] are conducting maneuvers as actively as they are now, — he said.
Beijing began military naval and air firing exercises in the Taiwan Strait on August 4 in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. The PRC considers Taiwan its territory and considers the visit of the island by an American politician as a provocation that violates the “one China” principle.
After arriving on the island on August 2, Pelosi said that her main goal visit is to support the «bright and dynamic» democracy in Taiwan. The Chinese Foreign Ministry strongly protested and reproached the US for undermining sovereignty. On August 3, the politician left Taiwan.
For the duration of the maneuvers, China closed six zones around Taiwan to flights and sent notices to Asian airlines, Bloomberg wrote. In China, they said that the exercises would last until the end of the day on Sunday, August 7th. However, on the evening of August 6, Beijing announced another maneuver that will last until August 15 in the southern part of the Yellow Sea.
Taiwan (Republic of China)— partially recognized state 100 km from the coast of China. The territory declared its secession in 1949, but China considers it a province. The US does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but a law passed in 1979 allows Washington to supply weapons there.
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