‘Real concern’: Warning over China attack. The US deputy secretary of defence has made a grim warning about China’s aggressive military intentions towards Australia. Source 6p.
Let's see if China is going to go against the rest of the world and support the assault by Russians on the poor people of the Ukraine. I hope we're ready to put major sanctions on them if they do!
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President Joe Biden said the US would come to Taiwan’s defense militarily if China were to invade. "That's the commitment we made," Biden said during a news conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday. Both leaders said they still support the "One China" policy that recognizes there is only one Chinese government. Source 5y.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan, defying China's warnings. Pelosi, who is leading a congressional delegation on a trip to Asia, will visit Taiwan, according to reports. China has warned of "Serious consequences" if the California Democrat travels to the self-governing island. Taiwan was not listed on her public itinerary, released over the weekend. Source 6y.
China halts climate change, military dialogue with US over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. China on Friday said it is canceling or suspending dialogue with the United States on a range of issues from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for a visit this week to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The measures, which come amid cratering relations between Beijing and Washington, are the latest in a promised series of steps intended to punish the U.S. For allowing the visit to the island. Source 3a.
Biden presses for US and China to find 'ways to work together' in meeting with Xi in Bali. President Joe Biden signaled the two superpowers will work to "Manage their differences, prevent competition from becoming anything ever to near conflict, and to find ways to work together on urgent global issues that require our mutual cooperation." Source 2h.
At least they can firmly agree that the US will intervene if China attacks Taiwan and that the use of nuclear weapons is out of the question.
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