After Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House, left the island, China began its largest-ever military drills encircling Taiwan. Beijing reacted angrily to her visit, threatening punishment and announcing military exercises in some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world: the seas surrounding Taiwan.
- According to official media, the exercises, which got under way around 05:00 GMT, involve live firing.
- The island’s six main surrounding locations have been chosen for this realistic warfare practise, according to state broadcaster CCTV, and relevant ships and aircraft are not allowed to fly over or land in those areas during that time.
Important Takeaways for All Competitive Exams:
- US President: Joe Biden
- China President: Xi Jinping
- Taiwan President: Tsai Ing-wen