China to stage major drills around Taiwan after Pelosi visit

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China is due on Thursday to kick off its largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan, in a show of force straddling vital international shipping lanes following a visit to the self-ruled island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after a less than 24-hour visit that defied a series of increasingly stark threats from Beijing, which views the island as its territory. The exercises “are tantamount to an air and sea blockade of Taiwan”, said General Yu Chien-chang, a senior official at the ministry’s legal department. — Bruno Maçães (@Mac…

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