United States: After a series of military exercises that rocked the region, US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed confidence that China will not escalate tensions with Taiwan.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island last week, Biden made his first public remarks on the subject, saying, "I'm not worried, but I do worry they're moving as far as they can."
However, I do not believe they will take any further action.
When a reporter questioned whether Pelosi's visit was a mistake, the president refused to blame it on his visit and replied, "It was his decision."
Later, the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, condemned China's practice.
We've been condemning them since they started to deteriorate," Jean-Pierre said. They're provocative, reckless, and exaggerate the potential for error. And the president was referencing it.
China was enraged by Pelosi's visit, which led to the first test of ballistic missiles over Taipei and the cancellation of some lines of communication with Washington, including climate change and theater military talks.
China on Monday announced new military drills around Taiwan, a day after the largest military exercise in Beijing in protest against Pelosi's visit ended.
Chinese officials at the Eastern Theater Command announced they would conduct joint exercises focusing on anti-submarine and maritime attack operations, acknowledging concerns from some security analysts and diplomats that Beijing would continue to pressure Taiwan's security.
Taiwan's foreign ministry condemned the action, claiming that China, which claims the island as its own, was deliberately creating unrest. Beijing was ordered to halt all military operations and "retreat to the shore".
Taiwan "will not bow down or back down in the face of military threats made by China, and will more firmly defend its sovereignty, national security and a free and democratic way of life," the ministry said in a statement.
Social unrest is likely to result from China's slow economic growth, with limited options for both college graduates and migrant workers. The party has taken full control of the media and social media, suffocating political rivals, independent lawyers and activists working on issues ranging from online free speech to LGBTQ rights.
According to Taiwan's Defense Ministry, a total of 66 aircraft and 14 warships are conducting naval and aerial exercises. In response, the island has activated its military, deployed ships, aircraft and other resources, and is tracking Chinese drones, planes and ships "simulating attacks on the Taiwanese island and our ships at sea."