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China begins new military drills as US delegation visits Taiwan; accuses US of ‘stirring up confrontation’

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  • China is set to conduct additional military drills near Taiwan in response to the recent visit by a delegation of American lawmakers to the island.
  • On the trip, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts was joined by House Representatives John Garamendi and Alan Lowenthal, both of California, and Don Beyer of Virginia, along with Republican Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen of American Samoa.
  • The delegation was scheduled to meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu and local lawmakers to “discuss bilateral relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other significant issues.”
  • According to the People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theater Command, the exercises were "a stern deterrent to the United States and Taiwan continuing to play political tricks and undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."

China has announced additional military drills around Taiwan in response to the latest visit by a delegation of American lawmakers to the island.

The delegation led by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) arrived in the nation for a two-day visit on Sunday, 12 days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her own visit earlier this month.