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China to hold military exercises in Taiwan Strait

On July 30, China will hold military exercises with shooting in the Taiwan Strait. This was reported by the Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times on Friday, July 29.

The exercise will be limited in scope and will take place off Pingtan Island in Fujian province.

Fujian is the closest territory to Taiwan in mainland China. During the exercises, the strait will be closed.

On July 29, Global Tim columnists opined that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan could be disastrous for bilateral relations between China and the United States, as well as for the security of the entire Asia-Pacific region.

On July 27, the Associated Press reported that Pelosi had declined to provide any update on her plans to visit the island. She explained this for security reasons. The politician said she was going to Taiwan because “it is important for the United States to show support” for Taipei.

At the same time, CNN reported that Pelosi received a warning from the US presidential administration about a possible trip to Taiwan. According to the director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, Wu Xinbo, Beijing’s extremely negative reaction will force her to cancel the trip under pressure from the US president, who does not want a confrontation with China.

On July 29, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin was in solidarity with China’s position on the situation around Taiwan, and also noted the inadmissibility of any steps of an inflammatory or other nature.

Official relations between the Chinese government and its island province broke down in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in a civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. The US openly supports the Taiwan authorities.

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