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US to hold trade talks with Taiwan, as island drills its military

Taiwan's military conducts artillery live-fire drills at Fangshan township in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)
Taiwan's military conducts artillery live-fire drills at Fangshan township in Pingtung, southern Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)

The US government will hold trade talks with Taiwan in a sign of support for the island democracy that China claims as its own territory, prompting Beijing to warn it will take action if necessary to “safeguard its sovereignty.”

The announcement of trade talks comes after Beijing fired missiles into the sea to intimidate Taiwan after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this month became the highest-ranking American official to visit the island in 25 years.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government criticizes the planned talks as a violation of its stance that Taiwan has no right to foreign relations.

Taiwan’s military is holding a drill with missiles and cannons simulating a response to a Chinese missile attack.

Taiwanese soldiers stand beside a Swiss-made GDF-006 anti-aircraft gun during during a media event at Hualien Air Force Base on August 18, 2022. (Sam Yeh / AFP)

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