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Taiwan President criticises Chinese drills

Taipei, Aug 3 (UNI): Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday criticised China for its planned live-fire military drills starting from Thursday in the six maritime areas near the Island, calling it “unnecessary”.

Speaking a press event with Pelosi at the Presidential Office, Tsai said she told the visiting speaker that Taiwan had always been committed to maintaining the status quo, CNA news reported.

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The President said Taiwan welcomed US Congressional delegations over the years and that the “normal practice of friends visiting each other is inherent in their culture of hospitality’.

“Military drills are unnecessary responses. Taiwan has always been open to constructive dialogue,” CNA English News quoted her as saying, adding that Taiwan would continue to work with stakeholders “to bring stability and peace in the region”.

Shortly after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei late Tuesday night, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said it would hold live-fire military exercises in six different areas in waters around Taiwan from Thursday to Sunday. Pelosi left on Wednesday.

Asked by CNA about Beijing’s response to her visit, Pelosi said she was not sure why Beijing “made a big fuss” over her Taipei trip though she speculated it may have been because she was the House speaker.

“The military drills could also be the result of certain insecurities on the part of the president of China as to his own political situation that he’s rattling the saber,” CNA quoted Pelosi as saying.

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