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Beijing will “resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity” Chinasaid an air force spokesman People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China (PLA) Shen Jinke on Sunday, July 31, commenting on air force sorties to Taiwan. According to Shen Jinke, many types of aircraft fly around the “precious island of our motherland.”

The Chinese air maneuvers are taking place against the background of a tour in the Indo-Pacific region of the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the third person in the power hierarchy in the American leadership after the president and vice president. Earlier, there were reports in the media that Pelosi might visit Taiwan.

Pelosi press release reveals tour itinerary

Meanwhile, the press service of the Speaker of the Lower House of the US Parliament issued a statement on July 31, in which it stressed that a delegation of the US Congress would visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Taiwan is not included in the list. “The trip will focus on issues of mutual security, economic partnership and democratic governance” in the region, Pelosi officials explained.

After the plane landed for refueling in Hawaii, the delegation listened to a briefing by the leadership of the US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), and also visited the Pearl Harbor Memorial and the battleship USS Arizona.

Live shooting in the Taiwan Strait

Earlier, on July 30, Xinhua News Agency reported that the PLA troops were conducting exercises with combat shots off Pingtan Island (Fujian Province), which is separated from Taiwan by a strait. Vessels were prohibited from entering the specified area.

US President Joe Biden and President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping had a three-hour telephone conversation on July 28. Despite the unusual length of the conversation, no progress has been made on trade, technology cooperation and the elimination of major irritants in bilateral relations, AP reported.

Biden on May 23 promised to provide Taiwan with military assistance if China commits armed aggression against him. “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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