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The People’s Liberation Army of #China said it would join military exercises led by Russia in the latest demonstration of partnership between the two U.S. rivals. wsj.com/amp/articles/china-t…
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Building on a “no limits” pact their presidents signed this year, the Russian and Chinese militaries will drill side-by-side starting later this month in the Russian Far East, according to China’s Ministry of Defense.
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The exercises will mark their second joint show of force in the region this year after bombers from each country in May conducted a 13-hour drill close enough to Japan and South Korea that those nations scrambled jet fighters, as President Biden was visiting Tokyo.
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Last month, the Russian ministry said units of its Eastern Military District, in the nation’s Far East near the borders of China and North Korea, as well as airborne, long range aviation and military transport aviation personnel and equipment, ...
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... would participate in training maneuvers along with military contingents from other states it didn’t name.
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Reports, including China’s Defense Ministry statement, said India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other nations would join. Russia hasn’t confirmed the participants.
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A Russia specialist at Georgetown University, Angela Stent, said the exercises are likely to be scrutinized for signs of Russia’s fighting capability considering its troubles prosecuting the Ukraine war.
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“The message will be, we have been criticized and sanctioned by the West but we have a range of other countries that are partners. We are not isolated,” she said, noting that position will be enhanced by the participation of both China and India.
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Mr. Putin this week called Mrs. Pelosi’s visit a “thoroughly planned provocation” by the U.S. to sow chaos.
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China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday welcomed the remarks and said they demonstrate “high-level strategic coordination between China and Russia, and the firm support the two countries have rendered each other on issues concerning their core interests.”
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This is an important step forward for US-#Taiwan relations, and a crucial signal from Washington regarding Taiwan President @iingwen’s efforts to create conditions for both sides to start negotiating bilateral trade ties by getting over some tough domestic pushbacks.
The United States and Taiwan, under the auspices of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO), will commence formal negotiation on the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade.
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A potential bilateral trade agreement would be viewed as an important victory for Tsai’s efforts to deepen US-Taiwan engagement in her second term as Taiwan President.
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Two third of the lawmakers are from the ruling party and one of the members said they wish to play the role of facilitating official dialogues and maybe one day help set up a Ukrainian office in #Taiwan.
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In an interview with CNA, the leader Oleksandr Merezhko said the group hopes to deepen ties with #Taiwan in economy, culture, humanitarian aid and other areas.
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The group will only officially be established when the entire Ukrainian parliament meets for the next time, as it needs to be announced by the leader of the parliament.
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"In the global conflict between freedom and authoritarianism, #Taiwan and Ukraine stand on the same side," said Merezhko.
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While Taiwanese fighters, including Hualien's F-16s, have been repeatedly scrambling since early this month, the ministry has stressed Taiwan's "calm" response and there have been no clashes.
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"I won't say there's a lot of change but our frequency to scramble is higher and the tension is higher," said F-16 pilot Django Lin.
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The Hualien base, which has hangers cut out of the side of a mountain, has two pilots on duty at any one time sitting in their flight suits and able to be in the air within six minutes.
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