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Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Chinese army (PLA) conduct a live-fire exercise off Pingtan Island (Fujian Province), which is separated from Taiwan the strait. This was reported on Saturday, July 30, by the Xinhua agency.

Shooting is carried out from 08.00 to 21.00 local time (03.00-16.00 Moscow time). Vessels are prohibited from entering the specified area. In addition, the exercises that began on July 29 in four areas of the South China Sea – in the waters of the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan, continue.

Pelosi is on tour in Asia

Meanwhile, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has embarked on a tour of Asia that will take her to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. It is not yet clear if Pelosi will visit Taiwan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a conversation with US President Joe Biden on July 28, warned the United States against “playing with fire” on Taiwan. “Those who play with fire will burn themselves in it,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned after the conversation.

Xi’s tough rhetoric

Xi’s tough language, which usually tries to appear above political disputes and makes public statements mostly in a politely positive way, suggests that Washington does not understand the seriousness of previous warnings about Taiwan, AP noted in this regard.

Such rhetoric “is a warning to the Americans, but it should also be a signal to the Chinese government,” Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute at the University of London, told DW.

“Increasing such rhetoric, they (USA. – Ed.) put themselves in a situation in which, in response for a visit Pelosi of Taiwan, the Chinese military may have to take some action that will require the Americans to react, and this puts the situation on a path of escalation that no one wants. This is not in anyone’s interest,” the expert stressed. He also added that under the current circumstances, it is very difficult for the United States to back down under pressure from China, because it creates “moral damage” for Washington. So in the end, Pelosi “may have to go” to the island of Taiwan, the specialist did not rule out.

Discussion on Taiwan

Biden and Xi had a three-hour telephone conversation on July 28. Despite the unusual length of the conversation, no progress was made on trade, technology cooperation, and addressing key irritants in bilateral relations, including Beijing’s opposition to a possible visit by the speaker of the House of Representatives, AP reported at the end.

As noted during a press briefing at the White House, “a direct and honest discussion on Taiwan” took place. The American leader reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the “one China” policy pursued by Washington since the 1970s. The United States opposes a unilateral change in the status quo by either side and is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait area.

The dialogue was attended by Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Principal Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security John Finer, National Security Council (NSC) National Security Council (NSC) National Security Council (NSC) National Security Council (NSC) Regional Affairs Coordinator Kurt Campbell, and Senior Director for China in the NSS Laura Rosenberger.

Biden on May 23 promised to provide Taiwan military aid in the event that China commits armed aggression against it. “We take on such a responsibility,” the head of the White House said in response to a reporter’s question during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.

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