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China begins military drills near Taiwan – reports

Beijing has begun conducting military drills off Taiwan after promising to launch a series of “targeted military operations” in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island, Chinese media reported. “The Eastern Zone of the PLA Combat Command is consistently conducting a series of joint military …

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China reacts to Pelosi landing in Taiwan

“This is a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués. It has a severe impact on the political foundation of China-US relations, and seriously infringes upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The visit of …

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Germany promises to help Taiwan if China attacks

Germany has warned China against escalating tensions with Taiwan and has vowed to assist Taipei in case of a conflict with Beijing, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced on Tuesday during a UN Non-Proliferation Treaty conference in New York as reported by Der Spiegel. “We do not accept when international law …

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Сhina dispatches state-of-the-art warships – media

A number of Chinese warplanes have been seen flying close to the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait, sources close to the matter have told Reuters. Meanwhile, Taiwanese media report that at least two Chinese aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, have left their ports and could be heading …

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China issues warning over possible Pelosi visit to Taiwan

A possible visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-governed island of Taiwan would undermine relations between China and the US, Beijing’s Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, has said. Media reports have suggested that Pelosi, who is third in line to the US presidency, could land in …

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Taiwan relocates fighter jets ahead of Pelosi visit – media

Taiwan has relocated French-supplied Mirage 2000 fighter jets and other military hardware, according to local media, ahead of a possible visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Eight additional aircraft were moved to the Chihhang Air Base, adding to the two Mirage 2000 fighters already stationed there, the Taiwan-based China …

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British lawmakers mull Taiwan trip

Despite China’s outrage over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s possible visit to the self-governing island, British lawmakers are reportedly planning a similarly provocative trip later this year, the Guardian has reported citing multiple sources. The UK delegation will likely be headed by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee …

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Russia responds to ‘nuclear human shield’ claims

The Russian mission to the United Nations has rejected claims by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who accused Russian forces of using Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant as a “military base” during his speech at the tenth Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference on Monday. Currently under the control of …

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Biden signs off on more weapons for Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has ordered an additional $550 million in weapons shipments to Ukraine, largely to restock ammunition for the HIMARS rocket launchers that Kiev has touted as a “game-changer” in its conflict with Russia. The latest round of weaponry for Ukraine was approved under Biden’s so-called “drawdown authority” …

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