Taiwan accuses China of simulating invasion as US relations nosedive

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022, ahead of massive military drills off the self-ruled territory following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island. – AFP, August 6, 2022.

TAIWAN accused the Chinese army of simulating an attack on its main island yesterday, as Beijing doubled down on its retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei after announcing a suspension of cooperation with Washington on key issues.

Relations between the two superpowers have nosedived in the wake of Pelosi’s trip to China’s self-ruled neighbour – which it claims as its territory – prompting calls from the UN for an urgent de-escalation of tensions.

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