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Taiwan Says China Simulating Attack on Main Island in Drills

  • Chinese drills are most provocative exercises in decades
  • Blinken says US wants to de-escalate tensions with China
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Taiwan said China’s military drills on Saturday appeared to be simulating an attack on its main island, as Chinese warplanes and warships crossed the strait’s median line in a continued show of force.

China is engaging in increasingly destabilizing action, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters, saying he has communicated this to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. Blinken said tensions between the US and China need to be de-escalated and he told Wang that lines of communications between the two sides must be kept open.