18 Sep, 2020 05:00 am

China holds drill as US envoy visits Taiwan

The live-fire exercise in the Taiwan Strait comes as China accuses the US and Taiwan of "collusion".

China holds drill as US envoy visits Taiwan BBC News p A file photo of a Chinese People’s Liberation Army warship p China says it is conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait to "protect its sovereignty" as a top US official visits Taiwan.The military exercise was "legitimate and necessary for the mainland to protect its sovereignty and integrity", he said.Although the US does not have a formal diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act allows it to sell arms to the island, and commits it to "close relations".China regards self-ruled Taiwan as a breakaway province.

On Friday, China's defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang accused the US and Taiwan of "stepping up collusion, frequently causing disturbances", although he did not make any reference to the visit.He told reporters that "using Taiwan to control China" or "rely on foreigners to build oneself up" was wishful thinking.

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