New Delhi, August 5
China on Friday announced sanctions against US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi in retaliation to her visit to Taipei and pulled out of the defence dialogue with the US as well as talks on climate change, repatriation of illegal immigrants and counter-narcotics cooperation.
Drills a concern: Japan
- Japanese PM Kishida said China’s drills near Taiwan represented a ‘grave problem’
- Remark came after five ballistic missiles launched as part of drills landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone
Can’t isolate Taiwan
China may try to keep Taiwan from visiting places. It can’t isolate Taiwan by stopping us to travel there. Nancy Pelosi, US Speaker
Nepal FM to visit China
- Nepal’s Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka is visiting China from August 9-11
- The visit came at the invitation of Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi
Taiwan's Defence Ministry said 68 Chinese military aircraft and 13 navy ships were conducting missions in the sensitive Taiwan Strait on the second day of the PLA's four-day high-intensity drills, with some of them having "deliberately" crossed the median line or the an unofficial buffer separating the two sides. It said the Chinese armed forces have "seriously damaged" the status quo and "harassed" Taiwan's water and air space.
The PLA claimed all missiles in the live drills hit the targets accurately. China solicited backing for its "One China" policy from other nations. Russia, Iran, Pakistan, the UAE and several others have supported China, but there has been no such statement from India.
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