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Taiwan Calls Chinese Military Drills a Threat to Region

Taiwan's government said Thursday that recent Chinese military drills aim to intimidate the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability. China's attempts to "pressure and harass Taiwan and seek to raise tensions between the sides and in the region," the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council said on its website. "Taiwan's people are very clear about this and will not accept it. We are determined in our defense of our nation's sovereignty and dignity and will absolutely not yield to military threats or inducements," the statement said. The statement specifically referred to China's live-fire exercises off its southeast coast on Wednesday, echoing earlier comments from the defense ministry that Beijing was playing up the limited-scope war games in hopes of intimidating Taiwan for political purposes. Beijing's hostility makes "the hugest mockery" of its assertion of a spiritual connection between people of the two sides, it said. China claims Taiwan...

 

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