Taiwan has been in close contact with its allies amid China’s military exercises and is ramping up its war preparedness to prevent potential tensions. One channel quoted a video message from Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen as saying that the Taiwan Armed Forces had increased preparations for war and were controlling the military situation around the island in a strict and timely manner. We are also in close contact with our allies to jointly prevent escalation of tensions.
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He also said that Taiwan is determined to defend its sovereignty and security and that the island’s authorities will do everything possible to maintain economic stability and ensure safe and free sea routes as well as the normal operation of airports. Earlier in the day, China launched large-scale military exercises in six waters and airspace near Taiwan in response to US Parliamentarian Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island.
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The exercise will continue till 12 noon on Sunday. Tensions between China and the island escalated this week after Pelosi ignored Beijing’s warnings and went ahead with her plan to visit Taipei during her Asia tour. She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan in 14 years. The United States does not officially recognize Taiwan’s independence.