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China will step up its military exercises around Taiwan this week after the island hosted a foreign head of state on Monday
China has been conducting live fire drills around Taiwan for almost a week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Visited the island. Taiwan on Monday hosted St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who has insisted on moving to the island despite China’s continued power.
“Prime Minister Gonsalves has expressed in recent days that Chinese military drills will not prevent him from visiting friends in Taiwan. These statements have touched us deeply,” Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said at the reception.
Gonsalves blasted China as a “bully” in his own remarks. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of dozens of countries with formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
“Like in our own hemisphere, the Western Hemisphere, we don’t like it and we don’t support it when any powerful neighbor tries to intimidate or threaten us,” Gonsalves said. “Where there are differences, we must resolve them peacefully in a civilized manner.”
China’s ramp-up drills come days after China announced it would hold “regular” military exercises on the Taiwan side of the Taiwan Strait.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan angered Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s regime and undermined America’s one-China policy.
The policy states that the US recognizes, but does not condone, China’s claim to sovereignty over Taiwan. It also stated that the US would not maintain formal diplomatic relations with the island’s government.
While the administration of President Joe Biden advised Don’t take Pelosi for a tripThe US has made no apology for her visit.
However, the US has urged China not to overreact. South Korean Airlines Flights to Taiwan canceled This weekend as a precaution considering China’s extensive military exercises.