Taiwan has accused the Chinese military of simulating an attack on its main island on Saturday as Beijing stepped up its retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.
Ties between the two superpowers plummeted after Pelosi’s visit to China, which claims it as its own territory, prompting calls from the United Nations for an immediate easing of tensions. It is rising.
The world’s two biggest polluters have pledged to work together to accelerate action on climate change this decade and to meet regularly to tackle the crisis.
Taipei said it had observed several units of Chinese planes and ships operating in the Taiwan Strait, believing them to be simulating attacks on the mainland of the autonomous democracy.
The median line is the boundary line along the Taiwan Strait that Beijing does not recognize.
The Chinese military’s Eastern Command also shared a photo purportedly taken of a warship on patrol in waters near Taiwan, with the island’s coastline clearly visible in the background.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that a Chinese missile flew over Taiwan during the exercise.
-Peace is “essential”-
US Secretary of State Antony Brinken said Saturday in Manila that Washington was “determined to act responsibly” in meeting with its Filipino counterparts in Manila.
The day before, Brinken and the foreign ministers of Japan and Australia issued a joint statement calling on China to stop the exercises after meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Cambodia.
Alden Meyer, senior associate at E3G, a think tank focused on climate issues, told AFP: “The world’s first and second largest economies and the first and second largest emitters “It is impossible to address the climate emergency if we do not take action.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the two superpowers must continue working together for the sake of the world.
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“Right now, relations between the two countries are very bad,” said Bonnie Glazer, a China expert at the German Marshall Fund.
“I don’t know what else they do,” she said. “I don’t know if this is just temporary.”
“I think this is the new normal,” Culver said.
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