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Furious China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit

Furious China fires missiles near Taiwan in drills after Pelosi visit

YIMOU LEE and SARAH WU CHINA deployed scores of planes and fired live missiles near Taiwan in its biggest drills in the Taiwan Strait, a day after U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a solidarity trip to the self-ruled island. China's military confirmed multiple firings of conventional missiles in waters off Taiwan as part of planned exercises in six zones set to run until noon on Sunday. It activated more than 100 planes, including fighter jets and bombers, and over 10 warships, state broadcaster CCTV said. Taiwan's defence ministry said it scrambled jets to warn away 22 Chinese…
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Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, voicing U.S. ‘solidarity’ as China fumes

Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, voicing U.S. ‘solidarity’ as China fumes

YIMOU LEE and SARAH WU U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan late on Tuesday on a trip she said demonstrates American solidarity with the Chinese-claimed self-ruled island, but China condemned this first such visit in 25 years as a threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Pelosi and the rest of her delegation disembarked from a U.S. Air Force transport plane at Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei after the nighttime landing on a flight from Malaysia to begin a visit that risks pushing U.S.-Chinese relations to a new low. They were greeted by Taiwan's…
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Analysis: Despite Xi’s ‘fire’, call with Biden avoided Taiwan escalation

Analysis: Despite Xi’s ‘fire’, call with Biden avoided Taiwan escalation

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping managed largely to steer clear of escalatory rhetoric on Taiwan in a call, suggesting that neither side – preoccupied with economic woes at home – wants a fresh crisis across the Taiwan Strait. Xi's warning to Biden against "playing with fire" over Taiwan, though vivid, largely mirrored his remarks from the two leaders' video meeting in November. "The portion of the conversation on Taiwan was extremely similar to the last conversation. Xi's warnings did not escalate," said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States,…
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