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Beijing is expected to continue military exercises in the air and sea around Taiwan until Sunday

The United States has accused Beijing of “provocative” and “irresponsible” actions after Taiwan said China had repeated an attack on the island.

The White House said Beijing was trying to “change the status quo” on Taiwan.

The heightened tensions follow a trip to Taiwan by a US delegation led by Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

China sees the visit as a challenge to its sovereignty claims over Taiwan, which considers itself separate.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said Chinese ships and planes carried out missions in the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, with some crossing the median line – an unofficial buffer zone separating the two sides. Taiwanese fighter jets were dispatched to warn them.

The Taiwanese military said the drills were a mock attack on the island.

Beijing has not commented on the latest exercises, but is expected to continue military drills in the air and sea around Taiwan until Sunday.

Washington has accused China of escalating tensions.

“These activities constitute a significant escalation in China’s efforts to change the status quo. They are provocative, irresponsible and increase the risk of miscalculation,” a White House spokesperson said.

“They are also at odds with our long-standing goal of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, which the world has come to expect.”

China said Ms Pelosi’s visit “seriously threatens” peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that will eventually come under Beijing’s control. However, Taiwan is a self-governing island that considers itself separate from the mainland.

But any hint of acknowledgment of this by world leaders angers China. He announced on Friday that sanctions had been imposed on Ms Pelosi and her family over the visit.

Beijing also announced that it was ending cooperation with the United States in several key areas, including climate change, military talks and international crime fighting efforts.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused China of taking “irresponsible action” by blocking key communication channels with Washington.

Ms Pelosi – a longtime China critic and the most senior US politician to visit the island in 25 years – arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday, despite warnings from Beijing.

During her visit, Ms Pelosi said ‘the world faces a choice between autocracy and democracy’.

China and Taiwan: the basics

  • How is Taiwan governed? The island has its own constitution, democratically elected leaders and around 300,000 active soldiers in its armed forces.

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