Taiwan leaders urge calm in face of Chinese military exercises

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Top government officials in Taiwan are urging citizens to remain calm in the face of plans by China to hold air and sea military drills in the waters encircling the island. From Thursday to Sunday, China will hold exercises at six points surrounding Taiwan, coming as close to 9 nautical miles from its two major sea ports in Keelung and Kaohsiung. The drills are apparent retaliation for the visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the third-highest ranking official in Washington. After reaffirming that the United States “stands with Taiwan,” Pelosi left Wednesday evening after a nearly 20-hour w…

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