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China Follows Biden Remarks by Announcing Taiwan Military Drills

  • People’s Liberation Army says ‘combat readiness patrol’ held
  • Biden upset Beijing with pledge to defend Taiwan militarily
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Biden Says ‘Yes’ When Asked If Willing to Defend Taiwan

China followed President Joe Biden’s vow to defend Taiwan militarily by announcing it held military exercises close to the democratically ruled island, underscoring its anger over the US stance.

The air and sea “combat readiness patrol” was “a solemn warning about the recent collusion between the US and Taiwan,” Colonel Shi Yi said in a statement on Wednesday from the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army. The command, which is headquartered in the eastern city of Nanjing, didn’t say when exactly the exercises were conducted.