Military exercises kick off in China
A two-day navy exercise near the Qiongzhou Strait, off the coast of Vietnam
The China Maritime Safety Administration (Cmsa) announced that a two-day military exercise will kick off tomorrow in the western waters of the Qiongzhou Strait between Hainan Island and Guangdong Province. Authorities have issued an 11-hour daily ban on navigation in that stretch of sea, off the coast of Vietnam in southern China.
Beijing's initiative fuels the uncertainty and tensions that have flared in recent days regarding the possible visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. An initiative that China frowns upon and for this reason threatens "resolute responses" that Washington "will have to take charge of".
In the wake of these tensions today, US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke on the phone after months of frost in relations between the two countries, which are at a standstill until February 2022. It will not be decisive, but the goal of the talks is to "keep the lines of communication open" with Beijing, which considers Taiwan an "inalienable" part of its territory. Meanwhile, the aircraft carrier "Uss Ronald Reagan" is reportedly sailing toward international waters in the South China Sea.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency