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China Pledges Taiwan Patrols as It Concludes Major War Games

HeadlineAug 11, 2022

China’s military said Wednesday it has wrapped up large-scale military war games around Taiwan, but warned it would organize regular patrols around the island, which Beijing considers part of China’s sovereign territory. This comes after China launched its largest-ever live-fire drills near Taiwan, following a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island last week. Meanwhile, a top Chinese diplomat is blaming the United States for the war in Ukraine, calling the U.S. the “initiator and main instigator of the Ukrainian crisis.” China’s ambassador to Russia made the remarks in an interview with the Russian TASS news agency published Wednesday, in which he said the main goal of the U.S. was to “exhaust and crush Russia with a protracted war and the cudgel of sanctions.”

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